Although most people who identify themselves as fans of the Association root for a certain team, every so often; a player comes into the NBA, that fans hope will do well, regardless of the uniform he wears. Whether it is the joy they bring to the court, the work ethic they display, or people just perceive the player as a genuinely nice guy, those particular athletes transcend team loyalty. One of those players is Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy; a former All-Star that just a few years ago seemed to be on track to be an elite player in the NBA for years to come, only to have to announce his retirement last December.
The former team leader and fan favorite from the Portland Trail Blazers, plagued by chronic knee problems and playing without any cartilage in either knee, was unable to play and chose to retire, ten was paid in full by the team via the NBA amnesty clause. However, Roy went through Regenokine treatments which is a non-surgical procedure to strengthen both his knees. The procedure was effective and during the off-season, he inked a two-year pact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, for a reported $10 million.
That comeback attempt suffered a setback on Monday, as the “Pioneer Press” reported Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, performed by the team doctor David Fischer. According to the paper, Roy has suffered pain in his right knee since November 9, which caused him to stay in the locker room for the second half of the T-Wolves matchup against the Indiana Pacers. The article also states that he started having problems with the knee, since Minnesota faced the Milwaukee Bucks in the final preseason game when he bumped knees with a member of the Bucks during the contest.
Roy had played in five games this season for the Timberwolves, contributing 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest while being on the floor 24.4 minutes per contest. He joins Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, Nikola Pekovic and Jose Juan Barea, as players sidelined by injury so far this season for Minnesota. The club has yet to announce a timetable that Roy would follow before he can get back to playing for the squad once again.