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Commending the Player and Person Brandon Roy Is

 

There's so much to praise of Roy, who is both loved and criticized. Instead of being so critical of him at his lowest, lets build him back up!

"The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy."

-Martin Luther King Jr. (my hero)

This has to be the toughest patch of Brandon's career, having everything he loves put in danger: his career, his ability to provide for his family, his greatest joy potentially taken away from him. He's not even reached his prime and he may never be the same player he was or even close to it. The team he once led, is fast moving on, and doing so without him. He is relegated to a bench role, limited to 20 minutes, unable to make an impact when it counts most. He has seen the fans, his coaches, and even himself, question him. Now all of these things can make or break a man. I sure as hell think he'll fight through the adversities and be a better man for it. 

He cares so much that he was almost on the verge of tears of not being out there to produce. This team, fans, and basketball itself means so much to him. For one second, the doubts, pressure, and frustrations proved too much for him and he let it out on his teammates. I believe though that this is maybe was a blessing in disguise. It gave Roy a wakeup call and I don't think he'll ever let those doubts and frustrations overcome him again. Also, the cat’s out of the bag, he's not carrying those feelings around anymore. I also think it was a wakeup call for us fans to realize what the man is going through and to understand him, not criticize him. I'm going to go and say something that hasn't been said yet; we should love Roy even more after hearing his outburst. We should love him for still caring so much after everything's been thrown at him instead of just being quiet and lose complete confidence and hide. That'd be the easy thing to do. Nobody would blame him. The poor guy's been broken down mentally and physically and he's not the same player. He's not ready; maybe he'll never be again. But no, instead he still has that fire and competitive spirit inside him. That should give us fans hope. He still wants it, he wants to provide for the team, and win. His mind is still where it should be and that alone is half the battle. 

All of this is in response to his performance off the bench in game 3. With his teams back against the wall and his confidence at an all time low, Brandon Roy responded better than anyone could have predicted. He was huge and was essential to the win. Without his production off the bench it's highly unlikely the team would have won that game. He still has it and I believe he won't fall in the same paths of T-Mac and Gilbert Arenas. No matter what's thrown at him, Brandon Roy has the resiliency to not only survive, but also thrive. 

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