MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy gave it everything he had to try to resurrect a playing career derailed by chronic knee problems.
He had platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knees last summer to get himself in position to sign a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He worked hard in training camp to get his body in shape for the NBA after missing the previous year when he retired from Portland. And when the knee issues came up again early in the season, Roy had one more arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in a last-ditch effort to get on the court one last time.
In the end, his knees wouldn't cooperate. And now his career may have come to a painful close once and for all. The Timberwolves waived Roy on Friday, which could mark the end of an All-Star career that was shortened by knee problems.
Roy retired before last season when he couldn't alleviate the bone-on-bone pain in his knees that stopped the three-time All-Star from being the smooth, playmaking shooting guard that made him a franchise cornerstone in six seasons with the Blazers. But after getting some time to rest, Roy felt good enough to try a comeback.
He signed a two-year deal worth more than $10 million to join the Timberwolves. After a promising training camp, the knee issues quickly returned.