Trail Blazer rookie Brandon Roy is in Las Vegas for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at All-Star 2007. Brandon will be blogging with NBA.com throughout his visit to Vegas.

Tough Game
Posted by Brandon Roy on Feb. 16, 2007, 11:20 p.m. ET

The Sophomores came out and played with a lot of energy. You could tell that they understood the game a lot more than we did. We came out and we were trying to be cool and just have fun. They wanted to come out and beat us. It wasn't about having fun.

So, we took a bad beating ... probably one of the worst ever. But hopefully, next year we can come back and try to top this beating.

I thought I played OK. It's tough to try to get yourself going in an All-Star game. There's so much talent on each team. You got guys that can make plays and you're trying to make plays. It just kinda turned into a one-on-one game. But I think I did decent for my first game. Now, I got a feel for what All-Star Weekend is like. Hopefully, I can come back next year and be more prepared.

Tomorrow morning, I got an early appearance for Nike, another clinic. They're running a camp, so I'm gonna come in and put the kids through some more drills and just have fun. That's the last thing I have to do for the weekend, so I want to just finish up strong and enjoy it.

Then I'm flying back to Seattle. I'm just gonna go home and get some rest. We've got 28 games left, so I want to finish strong. We've already won more games than we did last year, so we want to shoot to be even better.

I just want to thank you all for logging in and reading. The second half of the year is gonna be big for me, so continue to watch out for me.


Almost Game Time!
Posted by Brandon Roy on Feb. 16, 2007, 8:05 p.m. ET

We got to here early, came in and took some pictures. We're just getting ready to play now. We've gone over the game plan and we got our matchups.

I'm excited. All the other stuff is fun, but this is what we love to do, so I'm ready to get out there.


Getting Ready
Posted by Brandon Roy on Feb. 16, 2007, 2:15 p.m. ET

Today we came in and had.a light practice. We did some shoting. We were just trying to get guys' legs back from all the travel. And we put in a couple of offensive sets. That way, we can surprise them with some things tonight.

But we had some fun and got a chance to interact with the kids. This is the first time somebody actually played on this court. Itjs called the Agassi Center. We cut the rope and met with the media.

Last night, I did a T-Mobile clinic at Jam Session. I was able to go in and kinda put kids through some workouts and drills. It was about an hour long, so I put the kids throuugh some shooting drills and some passing drills. It was a good time and I got a chance to shoot around and just have fun with the kids. It was a really good response, so I was excited to be there to be a part of that.

After that, I had dinner at the Wynn hotel with my family and my agent. I got a chance to hang out with Jason Kapono (we have the same agent) and we talked about our events. It was a good time.

I'm getting a chance to interact with a lot of people, just seeing people walk through the hotels. And just hanging out with my mom.

Now, I'm gonna go back to the hotel, try to get a little nap in and get ready to go out there and put on a nice show for the fans.

That's the motivation. We haven't had any national television games. Unless you have League Pass, you probably haven't seen me play. You probably just have read about me. But tonight's a chance to be on the big stage, so I'm looking forward to it and hopefully I can go out there and play well ... And not mess up!


Happy to Be Here
Posted by Brandon Roy on Feb. 15, 2007, 10:00 a.m. ET

Hey what's up? This is Brandon Roy, coming to you live from Las Vegas. Today's been a pretty busy day. As soon as I got in, I had to do a couple of conference calls. I had a Rookie-Sophomore meeting and right now, I'm on my way to an appearance at Jam Session. So, the day has been pretty non-stop.

But seeing everybody is making me even more excited to be here. I'm just happy to be a part of this. It's not often you get to be a part of All-Star Weekend. So, every time you can get involved in it, it's exciting.

I got my mom coming down, my older brother and my younger brother coming with me. And I got my two best friends here. Anytime I get to do something like this, I want to experience it with family, because this is all of our dreams, not just mine.

I think the first half of the season has gone really well for me. I had the injury where I missed 19 games and that was tough. So, now that I came back, I was able to have a strong month of January, and I was able to win Rookie of the Month. So, that was a good sign of turning it around and getting over the injury. And another sign was getting invited here. I thought missing 19 games would effect a lot of things, but so far it hasn't. So, I think the first half of the year has gone really well for me.