Chris Palmer of ESPN went to his Twitter account on May 30th to share his thoughts about former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy and talks of a possible NBA comeback. The city of Portland remembers that painful day in December before the Trail Blazers had even opened practice when Roy took a medical retirement due to bum knees. Brandon hasn’t played since, but claims to be open to suiting back up.
Someone who could help the Lakers: Brandon Roy. Based on what I’m told he could be back in the league next year.
This caused plenty of people to freak out, thinking that next season Roy would team up with Kobe Bryant and bring the Lakers back to championship-level contention, breaking the hearts of Blazer fans everywhere in the process.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s first get one thing straight: Palmer didn’t tweet that Roy and the Lakers are already in talks. He simply stated that the Lakers are a team that could use his help.
But what would happen if Roy were seen wearing gold and purple? Tears would be shed, the city would instantly become full of depressed Blazers. Personally, I can’t even imagine him in another team’s uniform.
On the bright side, I don’t see the Lakers picking him up or taking the risk. He can surely pitch in some scoring coming off the bench as a sub for Bryant, but the Lakers would rather retool their roster with younger players or add depth through free agency. Brandon can be a leader for the second unit, but his comeback as a bench player could end up being a disappointment, as it was for him most of last season.
I totally understand Roy’s determination to come back to the league. He’s only 27-years old and is still in his prime playing years. He’s got juice left in the tank but his knees have betrayed him. A knowledgeable friend of mine suggested that Roy would need at least five years to work himself back to league shape: a year or two to rest and recover, another year for surgery and more recovery, and one year after that to lift weights and get his body into fighting form. With that timeline, we’re looking at a return for the 2016-17 season.
If Roy does decide to give it another go in the next few seasons then I would welcome him. I sure miss Brandon Roy and so do the Blazers. No matter where he ends up, I would never boo him.
If and when a Brandon Roy comeback happens, we’ll see how many Blazer fans share my sentiment. We’ll also see if where he lands, be it the Lakers or some small market Eastern Conference team that comes to Portland only once a season and doesn’t actually compete for a title, makes any type of significant difference.