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Brandon Roy: Unexpected End for a Fan Favorite

submitted 7 years ago by in Rip City

It wasn’t supposed to end like this, with his Trail Blazers teammates opening practice and Brandon Roy five miles away in a half-moved in home.

While the Trail Blazers opened their 2011-2012 season on Friday, one of the most popular players in franchise history ended his in stunning fashion. Roy informed the team he intended to retire after a Thursday exam with team orthopedist Dr. Don Roberts revealed the extent of damage to Roy’s degenerative knees.

Roy is 27, the age when basketball players enter their prime, but in November of last year Roy revealed that four knee surgeries dating back to his high school career left him with no meniscus in either knee. Every time he jumped and cut, his knees were absorbing bone-on-bone friction.

Two months after that revelation, Roy had double knee surgery, and he later admitted he then feared his career was over.

He admitted that mortality in the fervor after Game 4 of the 2011 Playoffs against Dallas, in what was one of the greatest playoff performances not only by a Blazers player, but any NBA player. Roy practically single-handedly carried the Blazers to victory against the Mavericks, scoring 24 points, 18 of them in the fourth quarter, to help erase a 23-point deficit.

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).