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JordansBulls
11-11-2010, 06:11 PM
http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/11/blazers_insider_brandon_roys_k.html





Hate to be a buzzkill on a night the Trail Blazers blew away Detroit, but the real game Tuesday night in the Rose Garden was afterward in the training room, where a shirtless Brandon Roy was propped up and being examined.

The news, Blazers fans, is not good. Roy is experiencing swelling and discomfort on his left knee. This is the knee that was operated on in August 2008, not the right knee that was operated on last April.

Roy is concerned about what is going on inside the knee, which he says has been drained of fluid twice this season. His concern is strong enough that he wants a second opinion.

So today, general manager Rich Cho will cart some extra luggage on an already scheduled flight to Los Angeles. Before Tuesday, Cho was planning to fly to Los Angeles with injured center Greg Oden and soon-to-be-operated on guard Elliot Williams. Now, he will also be packing all the "film work" taken on Roy's knees.

Once in Los Angeles, Cho, Oden and Williams will meet with esteemed orthopedic doctor Neal ElAttrache, who will give a second opinion on Oden's left knee and perform a pre-operation exam on Williams.

He will also look at Roy's left knee and determine a course of action.

Right now, Roy has asked the team to play him less, in hopes that more time on the bench will calm the swelling and allow him more burst and mobility on the court.

The fear, however, is that this will require more than just rest, especially after watching Roy drag the leg around the Rose Garden court during 21 non-descript minutes on Tuesday.

Roy is 26 and in the first year of a five-year deal worth about $82 million. He has clearly lost his explosive first step, and appears to have little if any spring in his leap.

That is some scary stuff ... for Blazers fans and more importantly, for Roy.

Remember, this is his livelihood, and a big part of who he is as a person.

Coping with the fact that the skills that make Roy Roy are eroding so quickly ... well, that can be a tough thing to deal with for a young man.

"Does it concern me? Yeah," Roy said Tuesday morning. "I would love to play more minutes and have a much better body, but it's just not the case, so I have to try and make the most of what it is. I had a phone call (Monday) and in talking to a few people, it is somewhat of a reality check. This is what it is, and now you have to make the most of it."

Roy said his left knee has bothered him throughout his NBA career. And every year he said it has needed to be drained throughout the season. Now, however, whatever is going on in there appears to be sapping his super powers, and Roy can tell it.

When asked how hard this was to deal with mentally, he didn't hesitate.

"Very. Because I want to play at a high level," Roy said. "If things were different, maybe I could, but they are not."

If you don't believe this is serious stuff, consider this: The Blazers' main plays have been isolation sets designed for Roy to break down his man one-on-one.

This week, the isolation plays were scrapped. Roy hasn't been able to beat his man one-on-one enough to warrant the plays being instilled.

No longer will he receive the ball at the top of the key. Now, many of the plays call for Roy to post low on the block, or get the ball at the "elbow," the corner created where the free throw line meets the key.

It will be something akin to a fastball pitcher losing his zip after arm surgery, and having to learn how to pitch, using change of speeds and location to survive.

Of course, everyone could be getting ahead of themselves. Maybe the limited minutes, and the plan to have Roy skip some practices, will calm the knee.

All that is certain is that even though the streamers fell Tuesday night, signifying a Blazers win, it sure felt like a loss.

Now, the franchise, and the franchise player, wait for what a doctor in Los Angeles will say.

dsickich123
11-11-2010, 06:29 PM
uh oh...Injuries continue to ruin the dynasty that the Portland Trailblazers could have been. Its unfortunate. THUNDER UP.

JordansBulls
11-11-2010, 09:39 PM
uh oh...Injuries continue to ruin the dynasty that the Portland Trailblazers could have been. Its unfortunate. THUNDER UP.

Yeah I feel bad for them.


http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=277517&page=7

DQL
11-11-2010, 09:59 PM
send him to Tim Grover. That guy is a god

bholly
11-11-2010, 10:13 PM
lol, OP. My first reaction was 'Didn't this story go round a few days ago? Surely there's already a thread?'. There is - from yesterday - and YOU started it. Did you forget?

http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=551160&highlight=brandon

What you linked to here is just the article that ESPN quoted in your previous thread. And even if they were different articles - shouldn't the exact same subject matter go in the same thread?

Trouble87
11-11-2010, 10:21 PM
Blazers can't catch a break

Only good that might come of this is Rudy Fernandez getting time to show what he's got

masalex1205
11-11-2010, 10:39 PM
Blazers can't catch a break

Only good that might come of this is Rudy Fernandez getting time to show what he's got

Rudy had his chance and he sucked it up

JordansBulls
11-11-2010, 11:18 PM
send him to Tim Grover. That guy is a god

He hasn't helped Mcgrady much.

Hellcrooner
11-11-2010, 11:31 PM
Rudy had his chance and he sucked it up

He had liek 20 minutes the last game for first time in the season. and did really well 13 points on god % some rebounds steals and assists .


Whenever he gets time and Touches he performs well.

Of course this is now tha he is 90% helathy.


Las t year when he had his "chance" he was half injured, and we better not gte into details bout the "chance" he wa sgiven

Bucsfan
11-12-2010, 02:04 AM
shocking....the blazers have injury issues!?!

wes matthews may get his shot now....still wish he was on the jazz

Mplsman
11-12-2010, 02:14 AM
Same ol' song.

GodsSon
11-12-2010, 02:38 AM
Potential dynasty dreams = over

jimbobjarree
11-12-2010, 03:08 AM
time for wes matthews to take over

assisi805
11-12-2010, 04:54 AM
Another year down the tubes for the blazers. I feel sorry for them, Can't help but feel if they would have drafted Durant they'd have their dynasty by now and this wouldn't be such a big deal :)
Love them Thunder Boys

JordansBulls
11-14-2010, 12:24 AM
time for wes matthews to take over

Or maybe Batum

mrblisterdundee
11-14-2010, 01:03 AM
Same ol' song.

I have to say, Beasley looks like a real dumb *** in you signature picture, listening to head phones through his sweat jacket and trying out his gangster face. Why does he always try to look stoned?

JordansBulls
11-14-2010, 01:05 PM
What does that have to do with anything?

Hawkeye15
11-14-2010, 01:19 PM
I have to say, Beasley looks like a real dumb *** in you signature picture, listening to head phones through his sweat jacket and trying out his gangster face. Why does he always try to look stoned?

Jim Brewer, Sam Perkins, etc. Some dudes have those tired eyes
What does that have to do with anything btw?

JordansBulls
11-14-2010, 01:32 PM
http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/11/brandon_roy_leaves_game_in_new.html




Brandon Roy on Saturday didnít want to talk about the latest issue with his left knee, but his body said enough: The Trail Blazersí franchise player is in pain.

Roy left the New Orleans Arena with a severe limp and more questions about his future after he immediately pulled himself from the third quarter of the Trail Blazers game against New Orleans.

mrblisterdundee
11-14-2010, 03:40 PM
What does that have to do with anything?

I just enjoy berating moronic cliches.