Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy has reportedly suffered another setback in his recovery following a recent knee surgery, putting in question his availability for the rest of the 2012-13 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports on Twitter...
Brandon Roy says he had a setback recently w/ right knee. Still hopeful to play this season. Just doesn't look good
As I've been saying for months, anything Wolves get from Roy on cout should be considered a bonus at this point. Body just not cooperating
Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports on Twitter...
Brandon Roy said today he had another setback over the weekend. No timetable for return; trying to get used to new brace.
Joan Niesen of Fox Sports North reports...
Roy spoke with reporters Thursday and explained that after experiencing positive results in his rehab last week, he ramped up his activity and then tweaked his bad right knee Saturday, thus slowing the comeback attempt yet again. He's been wearing a new brace, too, he said, which he's been attempting to get used to, but it's been causing him hamstring soreness as he breaks it in.
It's hard to say how many such setbacks Roy has had since his November surgery - he'll cop to this one and another right after the arthroscopy - and even the information about his rehab has been murky, at best. Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said in December that Roy was beginning some sort of treatment regimen that would last three weeks, but he refused to give details, and Roy offered none on Thursday, only that he's not undergoing anything currently and is proceeding with his rehab.
"I am able to work out," Roy said. "But we're trying to get a new schedule where we don't pound day to day. Maybe I'll work hard on Monday, then go lighter on Tuesday, to see if that will get me closer to being able to play games and get into shape to where I can't practice as much, but I can play some games."
"There are moments when I don't know if it will happen again," Roy said of returning to the court. "And then I'll start working out, building, and I get to a place where I have a great workout."
Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Nov. 19. The Timberwolves expected him to be sidelined for one month at the time. A few weeks after the surgery, it was reported that Roy was weighing retirement again. Roy has reportedly suffered multiple setbacks during his rehabilitation and he has yet to return to the court although he did reportedly make it back to the practice court.
"Last week while practicing, I suffered a setback in my recovery. I've felt better since the recent surgery, but I am not all the way better. The past two days I have been weighing all of my options as I try to continue my basketball career. I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team. "
Back in July, Roy said he underwent blood-spinning treatment in his knees prior to making his comeback with the Timberwolves. Recently, Timberwolves GM David Kahn, who signed Roy to a two-year deal this summer worth a reported $10 million, said that he was not surprised by Roy missing time due to injury. The early returns for Roy's play were not good.
While in Portland, Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees in January 2011 and he underwent surgery on his right knee in April 2010 to repair a slight meniscus tear. The Blazers released Roy using the amnesty clause in December 2011 and he spent the 2011-12 season in unofficial retirement.
Roy, 28, has averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes in his five appearances for the Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves' regular season ends on April 17, giving Roy a little more than 10 weeks to make a return this season.
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