A young man who just a couple of seasons ago appeared as if he was going to be a fixture on NBA All-Star teams for many years to come, now finds himself contemplating life after the Association at the tender age of 27. “ESPN.com” on Friday reported that Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy, will soon announce his retirement from the NBA after playing just five seasons because his knees have made it just too painful for him to carry on playing. The Blazers team leader no longer has any cartilage in either of his knees, causing the bones to rub directly together.
Association spokesman Tim Frank told reporters that Roy has yet to file any paperwork with the NBA front office; which is a necessity in order for the player to officially retire. The Portland shooting guard was under no pressure from the team to retire, but according to sources close to the player he wanted to go out on his own terms. The Blazers former All-Star was afraid that the club would eventually use the “NBA Amnesty Clause” on him because of his diminished skills.
Roy averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds for his career in the Association. His best campaign was during the 2008-2009 season as he averaged 22.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest.