HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Brandon Roy is back.
Just over seven months ago, Roy walked away from the game, due to his degenerative knees. At the time, he was just 27 years old and had played just five seasons in the league. Six days after the news broke, the Blazers used the amnesty clause to waive Roy, who had three years and $49 million left on his contract.
But at some point this year, Roy decided to see if he could play again. In fact, he says he never really closed the door on a comeback.
“For me, it was never that I was retired,” Roy said at his introductory news conference in Minnesota on Tuesday. “My knees were a situation that I was going to have to think about if I wanted to continue playing. After a few months of sitting out, I decided, ‘Hey, I don’t want to stop playing basketball.’ It’s something I want to continue going forward with. It’s never a situation where I said, ‘I’m done forever.’ It was more of a pause.”
After two months of working out and undergoing the regenicin procedure that Kobe Bryant had last year, Roy felt good enough to get back in the league. And now, he joins a Timberwolves team that showed some promise last season and has also added Chase Budinger, Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved this summer.
“I wanted to be a part of a team that was good, and that I could step in and help assist take that next step,” Roy said. “It’s not a situation where I want to be a 10th man. I want to be able to go out and work and be a big part of the team taking the next step.”
For Wolves GM David Kahn, the addition of Roy is about more than just depth and talent in the backcourt.
“I think he’s going to help us in innumerable ways, well beyond the basketball court,” Kahn said. “His experience in our league plus the person that he is, the kind of quality and character of him and his family, will really be a great help to our organization.”