Sat, Apr 30th 2011, 17:42
Brandon Roy says he intends to work this summer to come back as a starter for the Trail Blazers next season.
“I’m going to want to push to be a starter and help this team win. The goal doesn’t change,” Roy said Friday as the Blazers left for the offseason. “I think I definitely want to help this team get in position to win and get out of the first round.”
Roy admitted that he thought his season, and possibly his career, might be over while he sat out more than two months treating his chronically ailing knees.
But he said his playoff performances against Dallas, which included a magical 24-point performance in Game 4, has bolstered his hopes for next season. Roy averaged 9.3 points and 2.8 assists and made 22-of-44 shots in 23 minutes a game during the playoffs.
“To be able to come back and play and be able to contribute in playoff games is big for me, big for my confidence, especially going forward,” Roy said.
Roy, 26, played in 47 games this season – 23 starts – and averaged career lows in points (12.2), assists (2.7) and rebounds (2.6). He missed 30 games from Dec. 15 through Feb. 23 in order to explore medical options for his ailing knees. He finally elected to have double knee surgery in January.
Brian Jones | on 10/5/11
B roy I’ve always been a big fan but things have changed a little I see you as inspiration now I’ve had two arthoscpoic knee surgeries on my right knee and believed I was done playing basketball but seeing you come bac from both knee surgeries I know I can do it. I thank you for that and wish all the best for you come back strong next year and get back to that all star level and I’ll try my hardest to be an NAIA All American