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Thank you for informing us, Brandon, that you won't be back on the court any time soon. It provides us all with a certain clarity, a reference point from which to make the necessary adjustments.
It's had to be a difficult and agonizing point to reach, in more ways than one, for everyone involved. And for Brandon, the necessary adjustments have only just begun.
Many of the fans have resisted this recognition as well but, now that it's arrived, we can begin to accept it. We can continue to offer our deep sympathy and support to our side-lined All-Star and we can root whole-heartedly for the amazing Trail Blazers still active in the season.
Brandon's acknowledged absence no doubt makes a big difference to those players as well. They've been able to build a successful style of play which leaves Number 7 out of the equation. It's not that the team plays better without Roy, it's that it plays better without a wounded and uncertain Roy.
This announcement is bound to make life easier for Blazers' coaching and management staff as well. Whatever they decide to do, they now have fewer variables to consider. They'll have even fewer variables if it's decided Brandon will sit out the season, as now seems likely.
It seems right and appropriate in many ways that we all had a two-week grace period while conservative treatment options were tried one last time. Everyone had time to relinquish expectations of an immediate return --and to make adjustments.
Say the ridiculous unfolds, and this team gets scorching hot from this point on and makes it past the first round. What do we do if Roy wants to continue trying to play next year?
That's a lot of ifs. ;-)From what we've heard, anything they do surgically is a long-shot for returning him to NBA play. ("Long" as in full court desperation shot to beat the buzzer.) But it is possible.B Roy will of necessity by then be a different guy and a different player, coming off a long rehab. The question will be less about him wanting to play and more about whether he can play in a way the team needs. To some degree he'll probably have to earn his minutes like any rookie does.Team chemistry by then will be totally different --that process has already begun. It will be up to Brandon to fit in and develop his new role. With, one assumes, the support and assistance of the other players and coaching staff.
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