Just five games into his return to the National Basketball Association, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy was sidelined due to soreness in his right knee. As many know it was Roy’s lingering knee issues that caused the three-time all-star to prematurely retire in December of 2011, now the complications have returned and the six-year veteran will need surgery once again.
The Timberwolves have disclosed that Roy will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee sometime on Monday in hopes of fixing the 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year’s current knee issue. The Timberwolves have not released any information regarding to the time frame for his return to the court.
During the 2012 off-seasson Roy announced that he would be returning to the NBA and promptly signed a two-year contract to come off of the bench for the Timberwolves. During the summer Roy had several injections into his knees in order to give him a lift which he had lacked for several seasons.
Roy is just one of the many players that Minnesota is currently missing from their roster due to injury which include star power forward Kevin Love, second-year point guard sensation Ricky Rubio and recently swingman Chase Budinger.
This season in the five games which Roy played he averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in 24.4 minutes of action per contest. Throughout Roy’s six-year career he has averaged 18.8 points, 4.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per contest in 326 total games played.
The sooner that Roy can return healthy to the Timberwolves lineup the better for him as well as the entire team because if healthy Roy can provide tremendous leadership and skill off of their bench which could give Minnesota a legitimate chance at reaching the postseason for the first time since 2004.