Roy's Knees Handling Training Camp Workload

Mark Remme
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Brandon Roy is used to it, and he certainly has come to terms with it. When media members speak with him about Timberwolves Training Camp, particularly in the first few days on the court, they’re going to ask him about his knees.

After all, he missed all of last season and was universally considered retired before announcing his comeback this summer.

But while Roy knows his knees will be a focal point and he’ll continue to monitor how he feels throughout the season, he’s trying to ensure that his game begins to take precedence over inquiries about his joints.

“I know it’s going to be a question, but I’m just trying to get out there and work,” Roy said.

So far, so good.

Roy isn’t holding back when he’s on the court. He’s participating in all of the team’s drills, scrimmages and conditioning routines and has not shown his coaches or teammates signs of weakness in the process. If anything, he’s reinforced just how valuable a player he was in Portland and how much he can add to the Wolves this season.

The biggest trouble coach Rick Adelman has had with Roy is keeping him on the bench—something he’s trying to do periodically during scrimmages to ensure Roy doesn’t overwork himself too early in the season.

“He’s a really good player. If he can stand whatever discomfort he has in his knees or if his knees hold up and everything else, he’s going to be a very effective player,” Adelman said. “You just watch him out there. He knows how to play. He’s just got that instinct.”

He’s impressed Wolves personnel ever since he arrived in Minnesota in early September, working out with player development coaches David Adelman and Shawn Respert and showing he never lost that smooth, consistent release on his jump shot. This week in Mankato, he’s shown that over and over again, and he’s also been able to move around the floor the way he’d like to.

He’s not holding anything back when he’s playing. The balance is making sure he’s not overworking when he is out there.

I pushed myself today to really be scrappy and get into the passing lanes and really get into better shape,” Roy said. “And the knees responded. They feel great. That’s just my goal to keep working every day and putting it behind me. Coach is doing a great job. He has to pull me off every once in a while. I get out there and he says you have to sit now. We’ll work together all year.”

That’s the approach both Roy and Adelman said they’re taking. They’ll work together as the season progresses and adjust depending on how he’s physically handling the workload.

“We’ll take it day by day, game by game,” Adelman said. “It’s something we’ll just have to keep talking between him and I and the medical staff. Something I don’t know about today. But I think it’s something we’ll be talking about as we go.”

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