SEATTLE – Brandon Roy’s basketball career came full circle on Sunday. After the University of Washington’s Alumni Game, where he returned to the court where he first reached national prominence, Roy told reporters he’s almost certainly played his last game in the NBA.
“I haven’t come out and said it publicly, but for me mentally, I’ve just started to settle into living a normal life,” he said. “I haven’t officially announced anything, but right now I haven’t thought about playing in the NBA.”
This decision seems far more likely to stick than Roy’s first retirement in December 2011, when he walked away from the Portland Trail Blazers after the lockout. Then, Roy was gobsmacked by the assessment that his knees had deteriorated too badly to continue playing. So when an American version of the Orthokine knee treatment that has helped several NBA players offered Roy the hope of improved health, he returned to the league with the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer.
And let’s remember the good times – here’s a fan’s perspective of the Houston game winner in ’09.