While performing a move in the first 20 minutes of the workout, he felt something in his right knee that he has felt far too often. He tweaked it, eliminating any possibility of him returning to action before the All-Star break.
“As soon as it happened, in my head, I said 'I quit. I just quit,” an emotional Roy told CSNNW.com. “That was my first thought, that I couldn't do this anymore.
“I'm at a crossroad in my career.”
He's certain that if he can't get right this season, it will be the end of his career. And he's fine with that.
“I look at it like this has got to be the last season,” he said. “I don't have any regrets because I know I tried to give it another season. So me saying this has to be the last season, it's not as difficult as it was last year. I tried. I gave it that last effort and it's time to move on. I'm at that range to where I'm at peace with things.”http://www.csnnw.com/blog/blazers-ta...oach-if-doesntJust last night, Grant Hill, who has had his share of injuries, told Roy that he has done things in four years that guys in 15 years haven't.
“He said I was the man in the league,” Roy said. “That was crazy. Every team that has come through here has said they are glad that I'm back and wishing me the best. That was the good thing and that's the side that I can look back at when it's over and say 'I made my mark.' My peers respect me and at the end of the day, it was four great years.
“I'm not ready to say I'm going to retire, but if I can play the last 15 games of the year, that would be good enough for me.”
High character guy on and off the floor.
Its a shame he could only get 6 or 7 seasons out of a potential HOF career at the pace he was going as one of the Top 15 players in the NBA at his peak.
But this opens the door for Minnesota to trade him somewhere as an expirer.