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.
StarTribune: Brandon Roy, when told #Blazers gave No. 7 to camp invitee Coby Karl: “Did they? I hope he wears it well. I didn’t know that.”
— Mike Tokito (@mtokito) October 2, 2012
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.