Over the weekend via Twitter, former Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy declared that he is preparing to make a comeback to the NBA as early as next season.
Roy, 27, is a three-time NBA All-star and a two-time All-NBA representative who retired before the start of the season because of degenerative knees.
Before the knee injury plagued him, Roy was one of the best shooting guards in the NBA.
Had injuries not happened to him and Greg Oden, the Blazers would be in the midst of a dynasty run.
But that was the past and we’re in the present wondering about the future.
At Roy’s current age, he would be considered in his prime. However, it is well documented that his knees have plenty of mileage.
As much as I would like to believe that Roy is still a starter, that would be asking too much of him. He’s better off being Sixth Man at best.
Despite knowing being a starter is out of the possibility, the Chicago Bulls should still give him a workout.
I’ve always said before injuries occurred, Roy would be the missing link to the Bulls winning a championship. Things are clearly different, but there is still a bright side.
The Bulls bench is the deepest bench in the NBA (except for the Spurs). That being said, Roy has accomplished enough for him to garner sixth man minutes, or better yet, if Roy is to be the sixth man for the Bulls, wait until the playoffs arrive to use him in such fashion.
We all know postseason games are a grind. When the game is close in the fourth quarter, that is when Roy earns his paycheck. Perhaps play him for the last eight minutes or even the whole quarter. Roy had established himself as a clutch player. Have him and Rose on the court, and then it doesn’t become so obvious as to whom to contain.
Let’s recall, in his last run with the Blazers. He led an 18-point comeback against the Dallas Mavericks for a Game 4 victory. Roy scored 18 points, including a clutch four-point play to tie the game. Not to mention, he hit a bank shot with about 49 seconds to go to give Portland the lead for good. Roy’s not a starter, but he can give you an entire fourth quarter of play, if needed. People tend to forget this happened last postseason.
If Roy doesn’t wind up a Bull, then you’d have to think teams such as the Lakers and Celtics would take a look at him.
The Lakers have been lacking consistent bench play all season. The Celtics are probably going to cut ties with Ray Allen, which means Avery Bradley will be the starter. Therefore, with Bradley providing defense, Roy would come off the bench for offense.
Either way, Roy likely thought it was too premature to retire and end his career that way. Roy was always young enough to where he could recover and make a comeback while he’s still able to.
Wherever he lands, Roy is a rare star player who’s a class act. What I mean by that is his behavior is exceptional not just off the court, but on the court. I put him in the class of a Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant, in that regard.
With his announcement, my interest in this year’s free agency class has been sparked.
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