Mar 20, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Former Potland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy sits court side as the Blazers play the Milwaukee Bucks at the Rose Garden. This was the first time Roy had been back in the Rose Garden since abruptly retiring at the beginning of the season. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE

Blazers Give No. 7 to Training Camp Invitee, Coby Karl

The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito tweeted out that the Portland Trail Blazers have given away Brandon Roy’s illustrious No. 7 to their most recent, unproven training camp invitee, Coby Karl — the son of Denver Nuggets head coach, George Karl.

What’s even worse is that Roy’s response to the situation didn’t bode well for future ties between the two parties.

Yes, we all know it’s time for the Portland Trail Blazers to move on from the Brandon Roy-Greg Oden era, but is this the right way to go about it?

Is giving out the jersey number of the most respected players in franchise history to a kid who probably won’t even touch the floor during practice the way to handle the situation?

B-Roy gave his body — literally — for the Paul Allen and that Blazer administration, and the way you repay him is to use the amnesty provision and give his jersey number to, at best, a bench warmer?

Sure, Roy’s a T’Wolf now, and that’s bad for a number of reasons:

  • He’s still in the division, which mean’s we’ll see him four times next season.
  • He and PDX have now burned bridges.
  • His German knee procedure just added more years onto his career.

And it seems like Portland is digging itself into a bigger hole every time a scenario with their former superstar arises. But as a franchise, they have the responsibility, I believe, to give credit where its due and acknowledge the greatness that has carried the team on his knees since he was drafted.

This is doing the complete opposite.

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