If what we are hearing is correct, I find it more than distressing that the Blazers would sign as the franchise player someone not only with several surgeries on both knees, but someone who with something as simple as an xray of his knees has minimal if no cartilage left. That didn't happen overnight folks. An xray at the time would have shown much of the same. For that to be overlooked or ignored in making such a huge investment of Paul Allen's "unlimited" resources is a travisty. Think of how those dollars could have been otherwise used wisely. There was no way that what we are seeing of Roy's declince that could have been prevented, and it was likely assured to happen, whether now, or in the near future. That is not someone in whom you rest the franchise's hopes. This is what older individuals have total knee replacements for. Anti-inflammatory drugs don't do anything to correct the underlying problem. If anything, it may hasten the demise of the knee joint I would think if he has the pain under sufficient control such that he can continue to abuse it by playing on it. I think it is clear that if his knees are as we are now told, Brandon will never be what we all had envisioned he could become. There are a ton of good jump shooters in the NBA without a countering good drive to the hoop. They are a dime a dozen. Some of them also are pretty good defenders, but they also do not have a left knee with bone rubbing against bone without the buffering protection that cartilage provides. I don't see a silver lining in any of what we are hearing unless with Roy's limitations and limited play, which I believe will be inevitable in the future (maybe sooner than later), we may finally see the style of uptempo ball we have all yearned for with the race horses we have languishing on the team as we cater to Roy's slow down style, which now, for the first time, makes sense to me. I think that if McMillan plays Roy more than half the minutes in a game, then he is risking ending Roy's potential benefits to the team for even a limited future.
Things that made no sense to me and those to whom I have discussed Blazer ball for a while are now making sense. Why, did Roy take then entire off-season before the prior season, doing nothing to prepare himself for the prior season? Why does Roy only go through the motions in preseason when you don't see that of any other legitimate star? Why does Roy insist on slow down ball when it is so apparent we have thoroughbreds who need to be unleashed and when Roy is in, it all comes to a halt as the remainder of the team plays deferential ball, meaning they stand around and watch as we all go nuts. Someone recently posted on how refreshing it was several games ago when Roy played sparingly to see the type of uptempo ball we all long for, but will never see if we play to Roy's abilities. I agree. You can't run and gun in an uptempo style with the rest of the troops or play high powered defense with bone on bone knees.
Like I said, someone, or more likely the entire organization made a bonehead decision to make a bone on bone knee guy their franchise player to the tune of $90 million dollars or something like that. I hope Allen has good insurance on Roy and that Cho is an Einstein to figure out what we do now. Mathews, Batum, Aldridge, Fernandez - this may be your franchise soon. Oh, by the way, is Oden anywhere in the neighborhood?