MINNEAPOLIS In an arena a thousand miles from Brandon Roy's new home, the conversation twisted in a way it's never twisted before.
It ballooned bigger than just two or three games. It sped through the shooting guard and his coach's attempts to gradually test limits. When it comes to the Minnesota Timberwolves guard, the conclusions are forming more quickly than they might be warranted, and in them, the NBA's newest comeback kid will face his toughest test yet.
No one has talked about Roy like this before. You wouldn't have dared back then, just three years ago, though it seems like so many more. You wouldn't have dared. Not before the retirement. Not since the comeback. Not really ever.
But in the bowels of the newest NBA arena, where everything is shiny and solid and years away from being broken, Nets coach Avery Johnson is insinuating that Brandon Roy might be the opposite of all that. He's maybe broken, maybe healing, definitely a work in progress ...