Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blazers' Roy retires because of chronic knee problems

Dec 10 (Reuters) - Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is retiring because of ongoing knee problems, the three-time All-Star said on Saturday.

“After consulting with my doctors, I will seek a determination that I’ve suffered a career ending injury,” Roy, 27, said in a statement.

“My family and health are most important to me and in the end this decision was about them and my quality of life, ” said the 2007 NBA rookie of the year.

The sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft, Roy experienced knee problems throughout his career, undergoing surgery on both knees in January and missing long stretches of last season.

He finished the season with a career-low average of 12.2 points in 47 games, far below his career average of 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

One of Portland’s most popular players, Roy spent his entire career with the Trail Blazers, earning All-Star honors for the 2008-2010 seasons.

“He gave us so many amazing moments,” owner Paul Allen said.

© Copyright (c) Reuters, Photograph by: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images


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