Posted December 13, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Brandon Roy has returned to practice on a limited, no-contact basis with the Minnesota Timberwolves a month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee - an accomplishment by itself given the chronic problems he's had.
The former NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Star decided to revive his career in Minnesota this season. Roy said the latest knee trouble didn't prompt him to consider retirement, like he did a year ago when he was with Portland.
''I never thought about walking away. It was just, for me, do I want to go through another procedure? Or do I want to play through it?'' Roy said Thursday.
Roy said he felt fine in training camp, but he banged knees with another player in an exhibition game against Milwaukee on Oct. 26, and the discomfort worsened after another collision in a game against Indiana on Nov. 9. He had the operation on Nov. 19.
Roy has been doing light drills with the team but said there's no timetable for his return to the lineup. The Wolves have four games in the next five days, so he won't be back for that. He said he'll start to practice at full speed next week.
''The goal was to try to come in and help this team out, so I still have a lot of time left to try to do that. You can't prepare for something like that, but now I've gone through it. About a month later, I'm happy we got it done, and I feel better,'' said Roy, who played in five games before the surgery.
Roy acknowledged ''that small concern'' in the back of his mind that he'll never reach 100 percent strength in his knees again but said several times in a post-practice interview with reporters that he feels good and the pain is gone.
Whenever Roy retakes the court, he'll be overshadowed by certain other backcourt player coming off a knee injury. The Wolves host Dallas on Saturday, when point guard Ricky Rubio could make his season debut. The standout from Spain has been practicing at full speed and is simply waiting for clearance from the team. Coach Rick Adelman said Rubio hasn't had any setbacks.
''I really have no idea. Every day they're testing. They're doing work on him, to see where he's at. I'm sure we'll make that decision come Saturday,'' Adelman said.
Backup point guard J.J. Barea spoke eagerly of Rubio's return, echoing the sentiment of everyone on the team and around it.
''He wants to be out there with us and help us win, so I think for the whole city and for us it's good to have him back,'' Barea said.
Malcolm Lee, who has been starting at shooting guard lately with Roy out, left Wednesday's game with a hyperextended right knee. He didn't take part in Thursday's light workout, and the team said he wouldn't travel to New Orleans for Friday's game.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
After having his seventh knee surgery of his career, Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy is back on the basketball court once again. After choosing to take the year off after his sixth one, it seems as Roy is going to give it a go once again. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports on Roy's status.Brandon Roy, who had Nov. 19 surgery on his right knee, said he didn’t consider...
Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy says he never considered retirement after his latest operation.
Roy was back at practice on a limited, non-contact basis with the Wolves on Thursday, almost one month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Roy said he’ll be able to participate without restriction next week but there is no timeline for his return.
via Washington Post
The more he speaks, the more Kevin Love sounds like a superstar who is on borrowed time with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s no secret that Love is upset with the direction of the Timberwolves, who have had seven straight losing seasons and have not made the playoffs since 2003. In addition, the All-Star forward was offended when some people within the organization expressed doubt...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves announced Friday that shooting guard Malcolm Lee, who earned a starting job when Brandon Roy was sidelined with knee problems, is out indefinitely with a chondral injury.
Lee left Wednesday night's game in the second quarter with what the team believed was a hyperextended right knee. Chondral injuries are those suffered to the articular cartilage...
As you might expect, the Minnesota Timberwolves were not thrilled with most of the Kevin Love quotes that were published in Tuesday’s Yahoo! Sports feature story on him. Love has been critical of the organization in the past, and that continued with many of the things he told Adrian Wojnarowski.
On Wednesday, Love stood by the things he said in the interview but claimed there were...
MINNEAPOLIS Timberwolves fans can breathe easy: Point guard Ricky Rubio will not be making his season debut on the road Friday in New Orleans.
It seems that owner Glen Taylor's Wednesday statement that Saturday night's game against Dallas is the target still holds, though there's still no guarantee. Coach Rick Adelman said he isn't sure whether Rubio will be traveling...
MINNEAPOLIS If you are a human being with a pulse who enjoys good basketball, of course you're impatient that Ricky Rubio hasn't returned yet. Of course this constant tilt-a-whirl of information about the point guard's status is grating. Of course you're ready for something new, to actually see him play rather than hear about all those lovely little cuts and passes...
Rubio is a major part of the Timberwolves team, but they haven't been terrible with him out due to injury
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the NBA teams hardest hit by injuries early on this season, not having Ricky Rubio at all, missing half their games from Kevin Love, and even more absences due to injury present themselves as you scroll down coach Rick Adelman...
Kevin Love left Friday's game in New Orleans with just more than a minute remaining after hitting rookie guard Austin Rivers with his right hand. It's the same hand the Minnesota Timberwolves forward injured in the preseason.
The team revealed after the game that X-rays on the hand were negative, but it did not reveal anything else about the extent of the injury.
Kevin Love suffered a right thumb contusion in the 4th quarter of the Friday night’s game vs. New Orleans. The X-rays on Love’s right hand were negative and he is day-to-day.
via Timberwolves PR
The Wolves are in New Orleans on what is rumored to be the night before Ricky Rubio's season debut. A few short updates are below. Comment on the game here as you see fit, or in the forums if you so desire.
1. Shved Starting. Per the team, Alexey Shved will get the start tonight at the 2 guard. Shved has earned his stripes and is clearly ready for more time. This could perhaps...
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the Timberwolves, Wednesday started with controversy but ended with confidence. It began with Wolves star Kevin Love trying to explain his controversial comments on the team's direction, front office and ownership to Yahoo!Sports, but ended with the Wolves getting a much-needed 108-105 victory over Denver at Target Center. "Awesome, big win for us...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves, led by Center Nikola Pekovic's 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko's 18 points, ground out a 108-105 victory over Denver on Wednesday night at the Target Center by grinding down the Nuggets. J.J. Barea added 17 and Luke Ridnour had 15 for the Wolves, who made up for a slow start with a steady march to the free-throw...