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Practice Report: Roy And Camby Still Out This Week

  1. Written by: ShalamarClark  / avg. rating: 4.0

    After Portland Trail Blazers’ guard Brandon Roy announced before Monday’s 109-103 win over the Bulls that he would make his return back to action this week, a buzz began circulating, wondering if it was the right move. 

    But pump the breaks.

    The three-time All-Star was active in practice on Wednesday and said his return this week will be delayed without a timetable.   

    “I don’t think he really knew, ” said Roy of Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan missing Monday's announcement. “So maybe I got a little ahead of myself.”

    It’s only been 23 days since Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 17, to repair missing meniscus in both knees.

    “[They] kind of reeled me back in a little bit,” said Roy. “They don’t want to put a day on when I’m going to come back. But my goal is to continue to try to get better and whenever [coach] is watching me, [I have to] try to show him that I’m close to being ready to play. He wants me to be comfortable playing and I have to respect that.”

    McMillan said that both Roy and Marcus Camby practiced, about 30 minutes each, but a timetable has not been set for either player. 

    “I was excited,” said Roy. “Just waking up this morning, I was happy to get involved with practice. It was good just running out there with the guys, playing and competing. I haven’t been able to compete in so long. It’s just good. I had a good time out there and it was a fun practice. I felt everybody’s energy was high and I thought we got something done today.”

    Roy has averaged 16.6 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 23 games this season (all starts), before being sidelined indefinitely with sore knees on Dec. 30. 

    “We went about 35 minutes today,” said Roy. “It just felt good just getting my wind back and being out there with the guys, it was fun again.”

    Roy confirmed that his knees did feel better after performing drills with the second unit. 

    “I was running around and making some plays,” said Roy. “Defensively, getting my legs back and sliding.”  

    The biggest unanswered question is how will he be utilized on the team, which has gone 16-10 in his absence.

    “I feel like I have to adjust to let the team win,” said Roy of his potential new role. “If the adjustment is going inside…then I’m perfectly fine with that…Even when I played, we tried to attempt to go inside, but now we have a really good presence in here and I think we’re going to continue to go that route. I’m going to do whatever I can to help this team win.”

    Roy admits that he feels good about returning, but not great yet. His solution is time. 

    “They just want me to get more time to workout and more time to play,” said Roy. “My goal is to worry about getting to a good point and feeling comfortable enough to try and help this team.”

    In his last three games from Dec. 12-15, Roy combined for just 20 points, while shooting 24.3 percent and averaging 33 minutes. 

    Last season, Roy averaged 21.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 37.2 minutes in 65 games (all starts).

    “They felt good today,” Roy said of his knees. “I’m going to continue to try to keep practicing and keep trying to get closer and closer to playing in the game.”

    The Trail Blazers will kick off a three-game road trip in Toronto on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 PM.

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