Roy Talks To Media For First Time Since Surgery

Alex Conover
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Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy spoke after practice Thursday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Nov. 19.

The surgery, performed by team orthopaedic surgeon Dr. David Fischer at the TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, was meant to alleviate pain brought on when Roy bumped knees with a Milwaukee Bucks player in a Oct. 26 preseason game.

“Yeah, that’s the game where it happened,” Roy said. “I didn’t quite know how serious it was, then I think the first couple games of the season I continued to feel it. Then we played five or seven nights, and it didn’t get any better. I think it was that Milwaukee game in the second quarter when I bumped knees and it shook some stuff up in there.”

Post-surgery, Roy has focused on working with the team’s medical staff and slowly rehabilitating. Besides standard shooting drills and walkthroughs, he is working hard on lifting weight and conditioning to make sure his body is ready to get back on the court.

Prior to Roy’s surgery, he played in five games this season, averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Roy was signed as a free agent this summer.

According to Roy, his knee feels fine and he isn’t feeling discomfort anymore.

“We haven’t put a timeline yet,” Roy said. “Good thing about it is that I think next week I’ll be able to start going full-go. Then I think it’s just a matter of some conditioning and finally getting to see where my knee is at after four weeks. I’m happy about that, this week’s been really good. I’ve been running around, haven’t felt that pinch in my right knee, so I’m excited to get out on the court next week and start going hard.”

Coach Rick Adelman agreed that his pace in recovering from surgery has been slow, but steady.

“He’s doing some,” Adelman said. “Same thing I said last night, he’s gradually just doing things, next week he’ll do a little bit more and then we’ll see after that.”

Roy also firmly denied any rumors about his possible retirement.

“No, a few people asked me that,” Roy said about the possibility of leaving the game again. “I never thought about walking away, for me it was just do I want to go through another procedure, or do I want to play through it? No, there’s not any truth to that.”

He instead chose to focus on the positive, which included the budding health of several injured Wolves players—including himself, Ricky Rubio, and eventually Chase Budinger.

“I looked around at our team today,” Roy said, “And I think it was the first time we had everyone besides Chase on the court. We got a lot of good players. We want to be really good later in the year, and if we can stay healthy, we think we’ve got a shot to do something special.”

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