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Roy contemplating retirement?

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves pre-game Updated: December 29, 2012 - 2:11 PM

 It appears the Wolves and Brandon Roy are at or near a decision about Roy’s immediate future, and whether the NBA will be a part of that future.

Roy was not part of the Wolves’ morning shootaround Saturday. This a day after he missed Friday’s practice for what the team called personal reasons.Also Saturday came a report that Roy had suffered setbacks from his return from right knee surgery.

On Thursday Roy, who had the surgery Nov. 19, took part in a vigorous practice, and said how he recovered from such a hard workout would give him a good idea of when he could return to action. Indeed, Roy even hinted that a strong Friday practice might prompt him to lobby coach Rick Adelman to play Saturday.

He has not practiced since then.

President of basketball operations David Kahn, who was at Target Center Saturday morning, declined comment. But it appears clear a decision has to be made concerning Roy, whether it be further rehab, getting a second opinion on the knee or ending his NBA comeback by retiring again. 

Knee issues forced Roy into retirement, and he missed all of last season. After undergoing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Roy felt good enough to attempt a return to the NBA. He went through training camp and most of the preseason before bumping knees in a game late in the preseason. He appeared in the team’s first five games before pain in the knee eventually forced Roy to undergo an arthroscopic surgery, his seventh such procedure.

Saturday morning Yahoo! Sports reported Roy has had setbacks in his recovery from that surgery that has delayed his return to action.

 

Love getting better

Wolves forward Kevin Love said this morning that his body has felt as good as it has all season over the past couple days and he’s looking forward to rebounding from his difficult game against Houston Wednesday.

“It’s fun to actually have my body feel good out there,” he said. “And it has the last couple days.”

Love has been plagued with injuries much of the season, starting with the two broken bones in his right hand sustained before the start of the season while doing knuckle pushups at his home. He has also battled the flu, some back pain and a painful poke in the eye. All, he said, have made it difficult both to get his conditioning to where it needs to be and to find a rhythm with his shot.

“But I have to look at it like 2013 is right around the corner,” Love said. “And every game is a new day, a new time to improve the team, improve myself, and keep pushing through this.”

Love said his hand still sometimes feels stiff and his shot sometimes feels strange coming off his hand. He admitted that his conditioning has not yet been where it needs to be.

But both, he said, are coming along.

“I was just getting back really to myself as far as conditioning goes, and then I got poked in the eye, and I couldn’t do anything for five days,” he said. “That was definitely tough, and coming back on the 26th was no exception, having just had a shootaround and no workouts. You know, I just hope to stay healthy for the rest of this year, 2013 and beyond. There’s still a lot of games left, and I’m looking forward to it.”

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