Feb 08

Brandon Roy Wants To Play This Weekend, But Will He?

By sarahhecht Posted in: BrandonRoy
Brandon Roy says he’s ready to get back on the court. But Trail Blazers Coach Nate McMillan isn’t so sure.

Roy participated in pre-game warm-ups on Monday before the Trail Blazers victory over the Chicago Bulls. In an interview the same day Brandon said he was cleared for full-contact practice  the previous Friday. He feels he’ll be ready to roll after a few practices and anticipates being back on the court this weekend, but hadn’t spoken with McMillan about a timeline.

McMillan appeared on Trail Blazers Courtside this evening and said he doesn’t see Brandon playing as soon as he thinks.

The good news is Brandon is looking to return soon... When exactly? That’s still up in the air.

A big question on the minds of Trail Blazers fans isn’t when, but how? Following Brandon’s addition to the line-up how will the ever-resilient team adjust?

Mike Rice thinks Brandon has high enough basketball IQ to return and it will be great for the team.

What do you think? Are you ready to see Brandon on the hardwood and what will it look like?


  1. he said he's feeling great so why not give it a shot

    by Lamp on 2/8/2011 9:02 PM
  2. YeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhHh!!!

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 2/9/2011 3:53 AM
  3. let him play (which i believe he will; that's just nate downplaying the situation) just don't tell him to do too much.

    by blazerdarren77 on 2/9/2011 6:40 AM
  4. Seems way to early to me, just sayin.

    by rogmae on 2/9/2011 7:19 AM
  5. The final decision on playing time is always Nate's. Always. So whether Brandon is physically able to play is kind of besides the point.

    by caseyholdahl on 2/9/2011 9:14 AM
  6. The Brandon Roy saga (Injured, not injured, play, not play) is beginning to feel like the Brett Favre saga (retired, not retired). Obviously the situation is different on many levels, but the emotional roller coaster for the team/fans, as well as the uncertainty and strategy for the team is key. BRoy needs to do a couple of things: (1) Realize is he is NOT the leader of this team any more. (2) Defer to Nate and the team on where/when/how much he plays. (3) He needs to come out publicly and admit he is not where he used to be and that he will do what the TEAM wants going forward. He needs to focus on TEAM more.

    by maverickOR on 2/9/2011 10:06 AM
  7. MaverickOR

    You took the words out of my mouth.. not sure how i feel about that, LOL!

    the only word I think I might add is.... bench.

    Go BLAZERS!!!

    by Blazermaniak on 2/9/2011 12:20 PM
  8. First off yes...Nate will have final say on it. "I" feel that Roy should take some more time off. I think he needs to run more practices with the team so he can better understand how to play with Blazers new Offensive schemes, which alot of them evolve around LA, as well playing better alongside Andre. And simply would like to see him ease back into the lineup, He thought he was ready for the playoffs last year, but look how that turned out,sometimes I "feel" Brandon likes to rush things,cause he wants to be out there so bad.

    On a sidenote though... Brandon Roy can still be the leader on this team, Im not in the locker room, or on the bench so I cant say for sure. But awesome players even when their out, can still have a voice. We shall see, lets not make any hasty decisions on Roy. He may be able to come back to true form. I do agree coming off the bench at first is a good idea. I believe Roy will have 0 prablems focusing on the team more, You must remember that for past few years the offense was built around Roy, not because he demanded it, but because of his high basketball iq and talents. Then he got injured and hasnt been the same Roy, but no one was complaining when he was dropping 52 against Phoenix and 40 vs the Rockets in the playoffs,or outplaying many of his rival nba stars.

    by whitefeather21380 on 2/9/2011 1:45 PM
  9. I am not sure why everybody is so worried about BRoy not fitting in, BRoy not being able to play with the team BRoy not being the leader and go to guy and BRoy either starting or coming off the bench. None of this is our call or do we have the inside track on the situation. The whole team wants to win and BRoy will add to that. Sure BRoy has to start off slow because he has to work himself back into BB shape. Sure BRoy has to make adjustments and so does the rest of the team and Nate. The team adjusts to every game with different opponents having different match-ups. The thing that us fans don't realize is that our starters was really our reserves and role players. they are playing way too many minutes for the whole season and that causes tired legs and inconsistent shooting. BRoy is a scorer, BRoy is smart enough to know when to pass out and when to hit LMA on a pick and pop, pick and roll, or his famous pick and slip with an alley-opp pass. Of course he will need to practice the moves. the main thing is his health, that again is not our call since we don't have all the fact.

    I feel excited about him coming back as long as he is healthy and not dragging that leg. Mike Rice said in the 30 minute practice he was making his cuts, driving to the rim, passing and shooting with his legs doing great. I will concede to Mike Rice's knowledge.

    Why would anyone not want a scoring juggernaut back on the team when most of the games we have lost is from the lack of consistent scoring.

    Let's all support his effort and give him cheers for wanting to be on the team and not hanging up his sneakers


    by Hg on 2/11/2011 8:51 AM
  10. as has been stated, Nate has the final say so, and i hope he doesn't let himself get talked into putting either of these guys on the floor before they're ready. i really wouldn't be adverse to Brandon, and maybe even Marcus, waiting until after the all-star break to return. that provides just a little more time to get into shape and be better prepared when those minutes on the floor come.

    by Kassandra on 2/11/2011 12:48 PM
  11. why is everyone so down on Broy, all he did was save this franchise from the pit of dispare, and become a three time allstar in the process. His play droped off because he was "INJURED". He has worked hard to get back. I f the team was playing bad and I everyone would be praying for his return. I think Brandon is a team player and he will try his best to fit into what we have going, not disrupt and tear the team apart as some have sugested. I for one cannot wait till BRoy and Camby get back. I also am glad we have someone like Nate to make the decisions--oh wait I forgot it was just a short while ago these same basketball gurus were calling for Nate to go also. The debate over whose team it is La's, Broys..I thought thes were the "PORTLAND" Trail Blazers...or ( OUR ) team as they say every night at the games at the Rose Garden. Lets leave the basketball decisions to the people whom get paid to make the decisions, after all they haye probably forgotten more about Basketball then these so called experts ever knew in the first place

    by hoopfish on 2/11/2011 3:06 PM
  12. As usual Kassandra.. I agree with you, AGAIN.

    Go Blazers!!

    by Blazermaniak on 2/11/2011 3:07 PM
  13. I say dont rush it cause he is a great player and with bad knees if he comes back to early he could ruin his career. but with no cartlage in his knee i just dont see him being as good as in 09. he will still be a good player but not the same.

    by krallman7 on 2/12/2011 4:31 PM
  14. B. Roy is a great player but his tempo leaves something to be desired..... I feel he is only a half court player.

    by mbmurr1 on 3/2/2011 2:22 PM
  15. That's just awesome news!... So, is this going to be long term? I wonder. But it's great to hear that he's doing good. This makes me real happy for the man. Go Brandon!

    by briantheblazerfan on 5/30/2012 12:53 PM
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