At first, he felt the knees. Then, Brandon Roy heard them.
It was last week, days before training camp was to start for the Trail Blazers, and Roy was intensifying his efforts to come back from yet another round of knee surgeries the season before.
His workouts, casual and playful during the lockout, became serious and strenuous, just like they always did as he prepared for a season during his storied career.
He was determined to make a comeback. To prove people wrong. To prove that the people who were standing by him were right.
But something wasn’t right. And he knew it.
Quick: Brandon Roy Says He Knew it Was Just a Matter of Time