Former Blazer Brandon Roy came into the NBA with some real promise. During his rookie season, he came in was selected the All-Star rookie team in the Rookie Challenge and would go on to win the Rookie of the year award. After leading all rookies in point with 14.5 per game. He would return to the Rookie Challenge as a sophomore.
Over the course of his six years in the NBA, Roy averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists. In August of 2009, Roy would sign a max contract for four years, with the fifth being a player’s option. That would have kept Roy in Portland until the 2013–14 season.
Roy would injure his knee on April 11th, 2010, and after getting an MRI, it showed that he had a right knee bone contusion. The original diagnosed slated Brandon Roy to be out at least the first round of the 2010 Playoffs, but returned eight days later for game four. He would lead the Blazers to victory and was later named to the All-NBA Third Team. In the off-season, future Hall Of Famer Kobe Bryant said Roy was the hardest player to guard in the Western Conference, and he had “no weaknesses in his game.”
Doug Christie, who had the opportunity to watch Roy grow up in Seattle got the opportunity to play him in the NBA. During the 2006-2007 season as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. This would be Christie’s final season in the NBA.
I recently spoke with Christie and asked him what did the NBA miss with Brandon’s Roy knee issues.
” His explosive athleticism was downplayed because he did not depend on it, but the ability to knock down shots. The herky-jerkiness to create like IT (Isaiah Thomas), but as big as me and the ability for the moment. Also, a four-year guy that went to school all four years. So, when he got here he was ready to play,” Christie told me.
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Roy would go on to coach Nathan Hale High School in 2016, based in Seattle. In 2017, he would lead his team to a 29-0 record along with Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter, and P. J. Fuller. Roy would also be named the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year. He is now coaching at Garfield High School.