Jan 22

Brandon Roy Addresses The Media Regarding Surgery

By caseyholdahl Posted in: BrandonRoy
The following is a transcript of comments Brandon Roy made to the media in his first public comments since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees Monday. Roy was in a good mood, had no visible trouble moving around and was not aided by crutches or a cane. In short, he didn't look like a person who had surgery just six days ago.

Brandon Roy: "It's been a couple days. It feels like it's getting better every day. The biggest thing is just the stitches, probably the thing that is the tightest, but once that kind of loosens up a little bit the flexibility comes back. So, feels good today."

What are you able to do, basketball-wise?

Brandon Roy: "Nothing. I got to see the doctor today. He'll probably give me a little more clearance for next week, but I'm not allowed to do nothing until I see him again for the second time. I think he'll be here tonight. If not, I'll see him Monday for sure.'

Can you feel a difference?

Brandon Roy: "Yeah, there's a slight difference with somethings that were going on that feel better right after the surgery. It's just a situation where he was able to go in there and kind of debris both the knees and clean up a little bit of some problems that I was feeling in the right knee. We're optimistic that that worked. I feel good so the tell tale is going to be when I start playing again, Day Two, Day Three, making sure the swelling is just not getting to the point where it's coming back so quickly."

What did the doctor say afterward?

Brandon Roy: 'He said he was optimistic but he didn't use anything like promising. He said 'We took a shot at this.' He said 'Let's just be optimistic.' He doesn't want me to rush back out there. He said 'You might feel great' but he still doesn't want me to try to rush back out there too fast. He said give it some time and really try to give the debrising time to work.'

Do you think you'll be able to (not rush back)? You history shows you rushing and pushing to get back. How are you going to handle that?

Brandon Roy: "Yeah, it's tough. It's something that I've had to be patient through this entire process. Now is challenging because I want to start pushing the minute it feels good enough and the doctor is still saying 'Nah, we have to take it a little bit easier.' So it's tough. Jay, he was trying to get me out of the gym today, just from doing stuff. I'm listening. I know this is a big point in my career where I really have to take that advice and be more patient.'

Did you do anything today in the gym?

Brandon Roy: "I did some stuff yesterday in the gym, a little bit, some shooting. Nothing too serious.'

When can you start running on it?

Brandon Roy: "I don't know yet, probably... I'm hoping next week. Maybe tomorrow. Who knows? Whatever he says.'

I thought you said you didn't do anything basketball-wise?

Brandon Roy: 'I thought you said today. My bad. Yesterday I did some shooting, but I wasn't supposed to. I thought you asked today."

What are you able to do basketball-wise?

Brandon Roy: 'What am I able to do? Nothing."

But you can shoot.

Brandon Roy: "(Laughing) They're not allowing me to do that either, but I did anyway."

When you learned you couldn't have that transplant surgery, how did you take that? What was your reaction to that?

Brandon Roy: "I never even got my hopes up to thinking I could have that. From Day One our doctor was like 'Nah, you're not going to be able to do that and play basketball.' After a couple other opinions said no, I already knew it was kind of a no from the first jump. I didn't really get my hopes up for it so I don't even remember how it felt when the second doctor said no. Dr. Roberts, he was like 'Nah, that's not going to work.' It wasn't like he was like 'I don't know.' It was 'No.'"

What's your goal on when you would like to get back playing?

Brandon Roy: "I'm not going to put one on it. I'm going to REALLY listen to the doctors this time and take it slower as far as when I go back on the court. Usually I don't practice much before I go back out there. I usually do like one practice and then I play. This time I'm going to make sure I get more workouts in, more practices in before I actually try to go play in an actual game."

You think it was definitely be this season?

Brandon Roy: "Yeah, I hope so. I hope it's this season. It's tough sitting out, so my thing is it's just tough not doing anything. I just asked 'Can I jog? Can I do this?' Not today, so I'm just trying to be patient. I don't like not doing much. Biggest thing is I'm going to ask them everyday but just try to be as patient as I can."

How is your weight?

Brandon Roy: "It's good. It's great, same as when I was playing."

What is your reaction to how well the team has been playing?

Brandon Roy: "I think they've been doing a good job. I think LaMarcus has stepped up tremendously, and not just elevating his game, but guys around him. That's what great players do; they're able to lift the level of play of guys around them. He's scoring those points where the team needs that basket and I think that has been huge. And then they're just playing together. I think a lot of people were counting them out and not talking much about them and they're doing a great job of just sticking together and going out there and putting together wins."


  1. Nice interview there Casey. As long as Brandon takes his time and lets his knees heal, he'll be okay. Just can't wait to see the team at full strength.

    by blazerdarren77 on 1/22/2011 8:15 PM
  2. Great to hear from BRoy, Thanks Casey.

    It would be so good to see BRoy be able to play without the pain. I still think he should work on a different game and stay somewhat grounded.


    by Hg on 1/22/2011 11:21 PM
  3. Great to hear from BRoy and nice to see him on the bench

    by RedRudy5 on 1/23/2011 1:13 AM
  4. i hope roy gets better soon..he is a great player and the team needs him..the blazers are doing well without him but if the whole team gets healthy the other nba teams better watch out cause here comes the blazers!!!!blazer fan for life!!!=)

    by monica on 1/23/2011 7:47 AM
  5. Monica:

    BRoy will never have healthy knees, we can only hope that it can buy him time. How much time is the question, but right now any time would help him and the Blazers.

    I share your enthusiasm, just more realistic because I've been there. He may be able to play many good games, he may be able to play until he gets old before his knees wear out completely and that is what I am hoping for, but worried that it won't happen.


    by Hg on 1/23/2011 9:36 AM
  6. great interview, Casey. unfortunately, it kind of reinforces Barkley's comments about him coming back too soon during the playoffs last season. like Brandon said, he needs to listen to and do what the doctors tell him. i see two issues here.

    the first is that for the procedures to be successful, he has to be patient. great players are not patient when it comes to wanting to be out there on the court. Brandon is no exception to that. i hope he listens and abides by his doctors' instructions.

    the second is that the team is moving forward and working well together right now. make no mistake, we are and will be better off with Brandon in the lineup, what ever his role may be. in the meantime, however, the guys are stepping up and playing well in his absence. i hope they don't rush him back into the lineup and disrupt the continuity which has been established over the past six weeks.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 1/23/2011 2:50 PM
  7. I used to be a fan of Broy's but his actions and attitude have killed that. This interview leaves me with even less respect for him. I am still wondering what the problem was they went in to repair? He never says what was wrong, does no one else find that odd? When asked point blank he says they went in and cleaned up a little debris. If he had actual meniscus tears then why is he not saying that? What was done differently from when they went in in April? Anyone is likely to have "debris" that can be cleaned up in their knees and other joints but especially an athlete. Again, answer for us please what was so debilitating that it required you not being able to play? Why were you in so much pain? I know folks will jump on me and get pissed off because of what I am saying, but don't get pissed at me, the team and the fans should be angry at him because he is being selfish. I've said for months now that this was all about him not wanting Dre' on this team and he later came out and admitted it. Brandon, just tell the world exactly what the doctor's repaired. Going in and doing a little bit of cleaning up of debris simply couldn't wait until the end of the season hunh? If you were in that much pain from minor debris in your knees, I would hate to see you with an actual injury.

    by Sheila Jackson on 1/25/2011 3:56 AM
  8. Brandon appeared to be feelin' better but he should wait to come back till he is fully recovered. GO BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!

    by mbmurr1 on 1/26/2011 8:43 AM
  9. Sheila, Brandon Roy has absolutely no meniscus left in either of his knees. Meniscus is the padding that keeps the bones cushioned in intense situations like running and jumping. Because there is no meniscus, every step Roy takes is bone on bone. Now tell me that wouldn't hurt. The surgery that took place was to clean up all the dead tissue and any contaminants around the joint. This allows his joint to be irritant-free. This is what happened and what he has said. You can't blame a player for not playing during excruciating pain. Honestly I'd rather not have a player play through that because that player will not be playing to his full potential. Before you make wild assumptions about the player and his character, look up information for yourself and find out why he isn't playing. I'm sure you remember the game again New Orleans where B-Roy goes straight to the locker room. A player of his caliber and passion to win doesn't just walk off the court like that because he doesn't like one of the other players. ('Dre) No, he's in incredible pain and you can see it in the way he runs when he plays. Next time you try to blame it on him, take a knife to your knees, pull out all the meniscus, and go play some basketball. Tell me how it feels.

    by cool_ryguy327 on 2/3/2011 2:16 AM
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