MINNEAPOLIS On December 10, 2011, Portland guard Brandon Roy announced his retirement. He was 27 years old at the time, at the end of just his fifth year in the league. He'd been the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was a three-time All-Star.
Yet in the face of chronic knee problems, none of that mattered.
Roy retired due to persistent issues in both of his knees. He'd undergone six knee operations, and there was no longer any cartilage remaining in the joints. Trail Blazers team doctors warned him that he should not continue playing and that to do so would have devastating long-term effects.
Not even a year later, and he's announced his comeback. Many teams have expressed interest in signing him, including the Timberwolves.
That's quite the turnaround for a player who was warned that to play basketball any longer might spell difficulties walking later in his life. It's the kind of story where one wonders what detail is missing; the turnaround is too drastic. And in that brie...