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This is pretty much the worst case scenario concerning Brandon Roy’s surgery: another surgery, and now more setbacks (per Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter). I really didn’t want to watch Brandon’s body breakdown up close and personal like we’re seeing, and it’s every bit as unpleasant as I imagined. You hate to see it happen to anybody, but especially to a world-class person like Brandon.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be in your twenties, the supposed prime of your life, but not have your body able to support both your abilities, dreams, and passion in life. We know the story of the Rookie of the Year, the All-Star, then the gradual disintegration of his knees, and the seven surgeries that have since followed.
Oh yeah, all of this is before the age of thirty. I don’t want to say I feel sorry for him, but this situation just sucks.
We knew that his knees were bone-on-bone, but you wanted to believe in his comeback. You may have wondered what he was thinking risking his long-term livelihood for basketball with the wonderful family he has, but when he talked about proving it to himself and finding that self-fulfillment (or however he worded it), you couldn’t help but nod your head and wish him the best. It almost seems unfair that others have taken their gifts and opportunities for granted, but it’s a guy like Brandon who doesn’t get to have a full career.
If he retires now, no one would blame him, or criticize him for coming back, even. He gave it what he could, put in the work, but it doesn’t appear that it’s meant to be. For Shammgod’s sake, his knees are already one level away from replacement; that’s something that typically happens to people twice his age!
It would’ve been fitting if our last image of Brandon was him in the playoffs against the Mavericks, and that impression will probably be the lasting one, but we’ll still remember the handful of games of Brandon struggling in a number three jersey. And with no timetable for return, that may be all we have of Brandon as a Timberwolf.
No matter what Brandon chooses to do, I’ll wish him the best, but I just hope he’ll know when to call it quits.