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Brandon Roy reportedly drawing interest from several teams

Brandon Roy’s name may have been accompanied by the word “retirement” not too long ago, but that discussion was clearly premature. As Roy recovers from knee problems and prepares for his return to the NBA, a number of teams who believe he has plenty of good basketball remaining in his legs are lining up and preparing to make an offer. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers, Timberwolves and Warriors are all legitimate suitors for the 27-year-old guard.

Roy has reportedly been undergoing the same platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment that Kobe Bryant underwent for his ailing knee. A number of teams will be willing to use the full mid-level exception for Roy assuming he can return to form and eventually get back to being one of the better guards in the league.

According to ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, the Timberwolves have already prepared a two-year offer for Roy. However, many believe that he would rather play for a championship contender, so a team like Chicago could make more sense.

With Derrick Rose’s status remaining uncertain, we know the Bulls are going to explore a number of temporary options at point guard this upcoming season. If Rose returns at some point next season, it could create an ideal situation with Roy coming off the bench as both will likely be shouldering less than a full load. Wherever he ends up, it’s clear that there is no shortage of NBA teams who believe Roy still has something to offer.

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Brandon Roy making NBA comeback

Brandon Roy retired after last season because of chronic knee problems, but the former Trail Blazers guard is ready to make a comeback.

Roy expressed plans to resume his professional basketball career while tweeting from the Twitter account of Will Conroy, his former University of Washington teammate. The two played basketball on Friday and Roy answered several questions from fans afterwards. His responses made it clear he’s attempting an NBA comeback:

Roy was asked if he was considering returning to play for Portland, the team that drafted him and for whom he played all five years of his NBA career.

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Brandon Roy Puts on a Show in Portland’s Comeback Win Over Dallas

Just when we thought Brandon Roy’s playing ability was disintegrating because of multiple knee injuries, he goes out on puts on one of the best comebacks we’ve seen. The Portland Trail Blazers were down by 23 in the third quarter, 18 to start the fourth, yet they outscored the Dallas Mavericks 35-15 to win Game 4 at the Rose Garden 84-82. Roy, who complained about his role following Game 2 in Dallas, was the biggest reason why they charged back for the win.

In the final six minutes of the game, Brandon Roy went 6-for-6 from the field and made a free throw on a four-point play. He had 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter while handing out four of his five assists in the final period. In all, Roy went 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-5 at the line.

After the game, coach Nate McMillan said “Brandon doesn’t talk much but you could see it in his eyes. He was going to control this game.”

Portland GM Rich Cho told Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge “”That’s the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.” And Roy even admitted “It still just doesn’t feel real yet.”

The series may only be tied 2-2 and Dallas still could win it, but the magical experience of watching the show Brandon Roy put on will never go away. He is not the same player he once was, but at least for a quarter he showed us he’s still the franchise player for the Blazers.

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Brandon Roy with a Heroic Performance

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is this week’s Lava Tickets Hot Performer of the Week for his inspiring play over the weekend. When it was announced that Roy would need surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his knee, reports said he would miss 4-6 weeks. Later when Roy had surgery on Friday, April 16th, reports said he would be out two weeks and miss the first-round of the playoffs, putting the Blazers at a major disadvantage against the Suns. Even Phoenix took that news to heart and figured they could coast in the series until they got smacked in Game 1 and realized they needed to bring it. That loss served as a wake up call for the Suns who blasted Portland in Games 2 and 3, taking a 2-1 series lead.

Given the way the Suns blew out the Blazers those two playoff games, one figured the rest of the series would be easy. Not so much. Brandon Roy couldn’t bare the idea of sitting on the sidelines for another game as his teammates lost a crucial playoff game so he begged and begged and begged Coach Nate McMillan to let him play in Game 4. McMillan got approval from GM Kevin Pritchard and owner Paul Allen to let Roy play, and Brandon entered the game to a roaring applause from the Portland crowd in the first quarter on Saturday night. Though Roy struggled to get to the basket the way he can when he’s healthy, he contributed 10 points including two huge jumpers in the fourth quarter and he drastically altered the Suns’ defensive gameplan. And guess what? The Trail Blazers beat the Suns 96-87 to even the series 2-2.

Brandon Roy has returned to the series for good, and in his words, “I didn’t come back to have one good game, I came back to try to help this team win this series.” Though the emotional lift he provided in Game 4 might not be there in Game 5, Roy’s mere presence will be a huge help for the Blazers. I don’t think they’ll win the series but it’s not for a lack of heart and effort on the part of #7. Returning eight days after knee surgery to help his team win a playoff game is incredible and legendary. I hope their success will continue.

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Sources:
Blazers-Suns: Roy returns to help Portland ‘win this series’ [Portland Oregonian]
Portland 96, Phoenix 87: Brandon Roy returns and the Blazers even the series [Portland Oregonian]
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Ron Artest: Brandon Roy Best SG in NBA

This off-day interview by TNT’s Craig Sager with Rockets forward Ron Artest was causing a nice little buzz in the TNT studios after the Nuggets/Hornets game. You Been Blinded summarizes the Ron Artest interview best: “In less than 80 seconds Ron says he’ll take Brandon Roy over Kobe and LeBron, calls out Roy’s defense, disses Charles Barkley, and claims Michael Jordan wanted to face him in his prime.” Yeah, that pretty much covers the entire interview. Turn the volume up and see whether or not you believe what you hear:

Yes, this is Ron Artest we’re talking about, so you can’t exactly put too much stock into anything the guy says. In case you couldn’t listen, here’s what he said “Roy’s probably the best player I’ve played against. He’s the best shooting guard. Defense, not on defense now … but he’s the best player I’ve played against.” And when Sager mentioned Kobe and LeBron’s names, Artest didn’t waver. That’s some pretty strong praise. For anyone who’s been watching the series, it’s easy to see where that praise is coming from — Roy’s played quite well and has been pretty responsible for their wins in the series.

Brandon iRoy! Greatest Promotion Ever

I happened to be watching some of the Blazers/Heat game Friday night on ESPN that Portland won, handing Miami it’s 12th straight loss. At one point, they cut to Ric Bucher who was working the sidelines for a report. Bucher proceeded to tell us about one of the best promotion efforts by a team that I’ve ever seen. According to Bucher, the Blazers are sending out an iPod with Brandon Roy’s face on it — the iRoy — to promote his case for the All-Star game. They have sent the iRoy out to all the NBA coaches, and I believe Bucher added that they’ll be sending it out to other people voting for the game as well.

While Roy certainly has competition in the Western Conference to make the All-Star team, he certainly deserves it. He might not command the same attention in terms of name value as Kobe, Iverson, Nash, and T-Mac, but he certainly has proved to be every bit as valuable as any of them. The Blazers are leading their division — one that has Denver and Utah in it — and that’s without Greg Oden. What they’ve done this year has been nothing short of astonishing, and Roy has been a huge catalyst for them. His numbers don’t speak as loudly as his competitors, but his team is leading most of them in the category that counts — wins — and he’s a big reason why. I’d vote for Roy and I don’t even need an iRoy to be convinced. (though it wouldn’t hurt).