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Brandon Roy has had left knee drained of fluid

Posted on: November 10, 2010 4:39 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:40 pm
Portland Trail Blazers all star guard Brandon Roy has reportedly had his knee drained multiple times this year and will seek further medical advice. brandon-roy Posted by Ben Golliver

Over the weekend, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers all star Brandon Roy had planned some adjustments to his offensive game, to compensate for what he hinted was some slippage in his athleticism. At the time, Roy ruled out any concern about injuries as a cause for his perimeter-focused "ground game" approach, which has seen him attack the basket less and settle for more jumpers in the early season. Tonight, Roy repeated to a group of reporters that he doesn't have a particular injury that's troubling him but that he does want to limit his playing time this season so that he can build towards the playoffs. He also made a point to tell Blazer fans that they shouldn't be concerned about his health.  But The Oregonian reports that Roy's left knee, not the one he had surgery on last spring, is experiencing repeated swelling, and has been drained of fluid twice already this season. The persistent swelling is leading Roy to seek the medical opinion of surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who will "determine a course of action," according to the paper. Obviously, that could involve a further minutes limitation, rest, treatment and, in a worst case scenario: surgery. Roy is not only the heart and soul of this Blazers team, he is also the focal point of its offensive system, which regularly runs the ball through his hands in isolation. Roy has been much less efficient in the early season, as he has not gotten to the rim or the free throw line with any regularity. He's often appeared tentative and has limited the number of situations where he can draw hard contact. Any absence would be felt immediately and forcefully, as the drop off from Roy to reserve guards Rudy Fernandez and Wesley Matthews is substantial. Roy is currently expected to play during Portland's upcoming 3-game road trip, which includes stop in Oklahoma City on Friday, New Orleans on Saturdya and Memphis next Tuesday. Today's latest development is bad news for both Roy and the Blazers. It's just not yet clear whether it will be bad news, horrible news, or really, really horrible news. That determination won't be possible until after ElAttrache's evaluation.  Until then, the city of Portland is on pins and needles.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:30 pm

Brandon Roy has had left knee drained of fluid

Actually, Ben, I would disagree with this being bad news for the Blazers. It's good news for the TEAM, because it will force MacMillan to become multi-dimensional instead of one-dimensional. The Blazers got some of their best road wins last year when B Roy was on the shelf. Or, to put it another way, the Blazers will become a better team with more options on the floor. Brandon Roy is the BEST option for one-on-one situations and game-winning shots. But, 5 guys playing unselfishly as a unit is goint to be better against better teams. How many games are decided by game-winning shots? Not as many as putting the ball in the best free-throw shooters hands to maintain 3-7 point leads at the end.

And come Saturday night, we may see the difference between the Blazer team as it is now (and has been the past 2 seasons) and the Hornets of Monty Williams. The same Hornets that were swooning from their peak of a couple of years ago, but have managed to right the ship and sit @ 7-0 this season. The Monty Williams, former Blazer assistant, that has managed to take a team on a serious decline and ignited them and inspired to play basketball the way I would like to see Portland play.

Remember, Portland continues down the same path they have done for years; 6-0 so far this season vs. mediocre or bad teams, 0-3 vs. playoff or good teams. This road trip (not the last one) is going to go a long way towards defining the first half of the season. Personally, it will a great trip if they happen to win 2 games.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:23 am

Brandon Roy has had left knee drained of fluid

The Blazers have enough depth with all positions except center (bigs).  I think that Roy should take it easy this year, limit his time on the court and use that time to develop other players.  Mathews, Batum, Johnson, and possibly Fernandez could use the extra minutes to grow.  They are good players!  Coach just has to trust that they are works in progress still.  They will need to be allowed to make mistakes.  Don't bench Batum because he took a bad shot, or made a poor defensive effort once.  Trust that these young guys can grow and become really good just as Roy has done over the past 4 years.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:44 am

Brandon Roy has had left knee drained of fluid

Hate to see this. Roy has had knee problems dating back to his time at U of Washington. Not only is he a great player, he also is one of the NBA's good guys. He's generous with his time and money. He's always delightful to the fans and media. A positive, bright face that only enhances the NBA's image. My hope is that his knee problems will vanish and he continues to be one of the league's brightest stars.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:04 am

Brandon Roy has had left knee drained of fluid

Good teams in all professional sports need to have bench depth at key positions in order to maintain success. So either somebody steps up, or the ship sinks. Wes and Rudy have to do their thing if Roy can't go for a period of time. Period.

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