Just as important as how well Brandon Roy played in the Wolves preseason opener Wednesday was how he felt Thursday morning.
And, he said, his knees felt fine.
“Came out of it good,” Roy said after playing 24 minutes against Indiana, his first action since taking a year off. “It’s just a bunch of stepping stones. I was looking forward to the first game. We got a little live practice in today, felt good, went through everything. Just continuing to try to build on everything.”
Kent Youngblood here. I was at practice today, with Jerry headed to Indy for Friday’s game.
Roy admitted to savoring the experience Wednesday. He talked at length on the phone with family members and friends after the game was over. He said he got texts from friends and fellow players. Even members of the Pacers were expressing their happiness at Roy’s return to the league. Roy spent a while talking with his friend Jamal Crawford, who is with the Los Angeles Clippers in China.
Wolves coach Rick Adelman said Roy looked very good offensively, especially considering his long lay-off. Friend and teammate Will Conroy agreed.
But Conroy sees that Roy can still get a lot better, referring to a move Roy made Wednesday night.
“He drove hard left, had Lance Stephenson on his shoulder. He bumped him off, but misses the pull-up (jumper),” Conroy said. “When he starts getting that shot back is when I’ll know he’s back.”
Adelman said he didn’t know if Roy would play in Friday’s game in Indiana. The Wolves have back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.
If Roy does play Friday, Adelman said, he will start the game.
Other items from today:
--Guard Alexey Shved made his NBA debut Wednesday, coming off the bench to play nearly 21 minutes at off guard. Shved, whose English seems to improve daily, said it was a thrilling moment for him, even if it was an exhibition game.
“I didn’t make points, but I made some passes for the team. We won. Everything was good,” he said. “It was one of the best moments, for sure. For basketball, this is the best league, everybody wants to play. And this was the first time for me.”
There had been talk of having Shved split time at both guard positions. But Adelman said he has decided to let Shved focus on the shooting guard spot for the near future.
--Luke Ridnour (back) is feeling better and was scheduled to travel with the team to Indiana. His playing status will be determined Friday. Malcolm Lee (groin) remained in the Twin Cities getting treatment.
--Adelman said he hadn’t decided yet on a rotation for Friday’s game.