Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Second Coming: Brandon Roy Set to Make His Return-Just Not with Portland

At some point every athlete has to come to terms with the inevitable fact that it's time to hang em' up, unfortunately for Brandon Roy, that time came too soon.

One of the greatest talents to ever bless the hardwood floors was forced into early retirement because of a remarkable six knee surgeries over his short five-year career.

But that may all be a thing of the past now as Brandon Roy announced to the world via twitter Friday night that he has plans of a comeback.

In a series of posts under his former college teammates handle, @ChillConroy, Roy tweeted, "Lord willing, I will play again soon."

He later added, "I’m preparing for a comeback. I’m training daily. I’m preparing for a return next year. I appreciate the love. Hopefully I’ll be back on the floor soon. Health is good.”

 Roy, now 27, is still in the prime of his career, should his knees permit him to enjoy it. In his five seasons in the NBA, Roy never played a full year, and was rarely seen without some type of brace.

If Roy can make his triumphant return, it will have to be with a different franchise, as he also confirmed on Twitter that the NBA does not permit him to return to the only team he has ever known: the Portland Trailblazers.

"Due to the NBA rules I cannot play in Portland until 2014-2015, I’m looking to return sooner."

Just another blow to a franchise that has experienced all types of pain throughout the years.

From the 1984 NBA draft debacle that saw the Trailblazers select Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, to passing on Kevin Durant for Greg Oden 23 years later, Portland has experienced more than its fair share of heartache. asked Trailblazers star guard Wesley Matthews about what it was like to play in a city surrounded by dark clouds.  

"It's a positive place," Matthews said. "We get hit with bad luck unfortunately ya know with injuries to B.Roy, injuries to Greg (Oden),  everyone's going to date back to the Jordan selection, but we got a team that doesn't believe in that."

This was all prior to knowing Roy was going to make his return to the NBA, perhaps now Matthews will change his mind about the black cloud that seems to follow Portland down whatever trail they try to blaze.

Kyle McMorrow is also a Correspondent for Bleacher Report, and a writer and producer for 1010 WINS Radio in New York City. He has also worked for the Big Ten Network and ABC-TV in New York City. Kyle McMorrow has interviewed numerous prominent athletes, such as Larry FitzgeraldJustin TuckEli Manning and LaDainian Tomlinson. Twitter: @Kyle_McMorrow

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