I'm still feeling dirty for writing this piece: http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/1/6/5282410/brandon-roy-would-have-made-it
Attempting to cleanse myself a bit; a fun piece about Brandon Roy.
As a starter, Brandon Roy never lost to the L*kers in the Rose Garden; he was a perfect 5 wins in 5 games in the Rose Garden vs L*kers.
Potentially even more impressive, Brandon Roy was 2-3 against the L*kers in the Staples Center as a starter.
Brandon was an incredible 7-3 vs the Lakers as a starter.
The 3 losses:
* The loss March 16, 2007, was an overtime loss. Brandon Roy, a rookie, hit a shot at the rim with 30 seconds left in the game, putting the Blazers up 98-95. Sadly, Kobe hit a 3pt shot to force overtime, and then took over, scoring 9 points without missing a shot in overtime. No shame in that loss.
* The loss on Oct 28, 2008, was the L*ker home opener, where Greg Oden injured himself. Once Oden went down, the Blazers became deflated. You can understand this loss.
* The final loss Brandon Roy had as a starter vs the L*kers was Nov 7, 2010. Pau Gasol had a triple double, scoring 20 points(on 9 of 13 field goals), grabbing 14 rebounds, and dishing 10 assists and adding 3 steals. The game was over at halftime, with the L*kers up 58-36. This was their 7th consecutive win to start the season. I can handle this loss.
Besides those 3 games, Brandon Roy was a perfect 7-0 against the L*kers as a starter.
"When asked on the John Thompson Show a little over a week ago, who he feels is the toughest opponent to guard in the NBA, Kobe Bryant replied: "Roy 365 days, seven days a week. Roy has no weaknesses in his game."
Artest on Brandon Roy: "Roy is the best player I played against outside of the guy from my hood." When pressed by Craig Sager "even better then Kobe or Lebron?" Artest emphatically: "Roy is the best player I‘ve played against"
2009 All-NBA guards: First Team: Kobe and Wade. Second Team: CP3 and Brandon Roy.
The league chooses 6 guards each year for the All-NBA teams, and for these 2 seasons, the league said: Kobe, Wade, and Roy; now, who are the other top 3 guards this season?
Brandon Roy's progression:
2007: Rookie of the Year
2009: All-star (All-NBA Second Team)
2010: All-star (All-NBA Third Team) (injury issues all year)
2011: Started just 23 games (injuries finally won out) Retired.
I've often wondered if the year he did manual labor at the docks impacted his knees (yes, he had had injuries prior to this year at the docks, but it's hard not to ask 'what if?').
Since 1988-89(when the NBA added All-NBA Third Team), here is a list of players who have multiple All-NBA awards:
|Karl Malone||Charles Barkley||Hakeem Olajuwon|
|Michael Jordan||Magic Johnson||Patrick Ewing|
|John Stockton||Dominique Wilkins||Terry Cummings|
|Robert Parish||Tom Chambers||Kevin Johnson|
|Chris Mullin||Clyde Drexler||David Robinson|
|James Worthy||Joe Dumars||Mark Price|
|Scottie Pippen||Tim Hardaway||Derrick Coleman|
|Shawn Kemp||Shaq||Gary Payton|
|Mitch Richmond||Dennis Rodman||Penny Hardaway|
|Reggie Miller||Grant Hill||Vin Baker|
|Glen Rice||Tim Duncan||Kevin Garnett|
|Jason Kidd||Alonzo Mourning||Allen Iverson|
|Kobe Bryant||Chris Webber||Vince Carter|
|Dikembe Mutombo||TMac||Dirk Nowitzki|
|Ben Wallace||Paul Pierce||Jermaine O'Neal|
|Stephon Marbury||Steve Nash||Ray Allen|
|Lebron James||Dwayne Wade||Shawn Marion|
|Yao Ming||Gilbert Arenas||Amare Stoudemire|
|Carmelo Anthony||Chauncey Billups||Dwight Howard|
|Pau Gasol||Tony Parker||Manu Ginobili|
|Chris Paul||Brandon Roy||Deron Williams|
|Russell Westbrook||Blake Griffin|
That's not a bad list to be apart of...
But Brandon Roy is part of an even more select group of players; players who won multiple All-NBA selections in their first 4 NBA seasons.
So, narrowing down the list to players who were selected to 2 All-NBA teams in their first 4 NBA seasons.
|Michael Jordan||Magic Johnson||Patrick Ewing||Karl Malone|
|Hakeem Olajuwon||Charles Barkley||David Robinson||Shaq|
|Tim Duncan||Kevin Johnson||Tim Hardaway||Penny Hardaway|
|Vince Carter||Grant Hill||Dirk Nowitzki||Kobe Bryant|
|Brandon Roy||Lebron James||Dwyane Wade||Carmelo Anthony|
|Dwight Howard||Chris Paul||Kevin Durant||Russell Westbrook|
Most of them are Hall of Famers.
Sadly, Brandon Roy is part of the other group. The group with Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, and Tim Hardaway, as HoF potential players, whose potential was stolen by injuries.
With another All-NBA year, Paul George would be added to this list.
Clyde Drexler was named to 4 All-NBA teams in his career(1 first team, 2 second teams, 1 third team). Brandon Roy was named to 2 All-NBA teams in his first 4 seasons.
Yet another Blazer sacrificed to the basketball gods...
Brandon Roy had a triple double on Feb 1, 2008.
Brandon Roy scored 52 points on Dec 18, 2008.
Brandon Roy had 10 steals on Jan 24, 2009.
Brandon Roy scored 20+ points in 55 of the 78 games he played during the 2008-09 season. For more highlights of the 2008-09 season, see this great post by Aaron Sass.
Brandon Roy went 5 for 5 from 3pt range, scoring 28 points on 11 of 14 from the field on Dec 20, 2009.
Brandon Roy made 10+ free throws in 21 games with the Blazers.
While Roy never delivered the Blazers a playoff series win, he did deliver us the greatest Blazer experience of the past decade:
One of my favorite Blazer videos, Roy and Aldridge as kids entering the league.
Both seem so immature and young in this video. There is a youthful innocence to them.
Since then, they both matured into All-stars and foundational pieces for the Blazers franchise.
Brandon, you will never be forgotten.
I look forward to the day we retire your #7 jersey.
Side note: I lifted pieces of this from a series I wrote under my old handle BlazersMakr, written around the Nov 7, 2010 loss to the Lakers. They can be viewed via the wayback machine: