"As soon as it happened, in my head, I said 'I quit. I just quit," an emotional Roy told CSNNW.com. "That was my first thought, that I couldn't do this anymore. "I'm at a crossroad in my career."
He's certain that if he can't get right this season, it will be the end of his career. And he's fine with that.
"I look at it like this has got to be the last season," he said. "I don't have any regrets because I know I tried to give it another season. So me saying this has to be the last season, it's not as difficult as it was last year. I tried. I gave it that last effort and it's time to move on. I'm at that range to where I'm at peace with things."
Days later in a statement released by the Timberwolves, Roy said he would "explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan."
The treatment he received was medication in Minnesota used to treat arthritis. It doesn't necessarily treat pain, but it treats arthritic conditions and it takes two weeks to get inside your system. In the joints in his body that may develop arthritis, it helps eases the pain. However, the medication is not any help at all with the constant grind and pounding it takes to get through an NBA season.
"It won't help me there," referring to his knees. "That's just from having no cartilage in there."
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