Found December 19, 2011 on Hardwood Diva:

With the start of the NBA less than a week away, fans are getting excited to see their favorite players bring it back for another season.  Sadly, in the weeks since announcing the start of the season, we've learned that a few players would be forced to hang it up.  Antonio McDyess, Peja Stojakovic, and Brandon Roy have let the basketball world know they are done.  Each for different reasons, each we will be sad to see go, but the toughest story is definitely that of Brandon Roy.

Brandon Roy announced last week that due to a degenerative knee condition, he would be forced to end his NBA career long before many believed he would ever have to do so.  After a spectacular playoff appearance this past season, many NBA fans were excited to see what Roy and the Trailblazers were going to bring to the 2011-12 season.  But after routine follow-ups with his doctor, Roy was informed that the more he played on his bad knees (Roy has had numerous knee injuries), the more likely he was to put his long term health at risk.  And as a father to small children and a husband, he wasn't willing to take that risk.  Its really tough to see someone with so much passion for basketball be forced to hang it up, but he made the right decision.  No one wants to be the guy unable to play with their kids, or unable to walk at 40.



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