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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Brandon Roy knee injury : the sky is falling

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You know that sinking feeling, when everything seems to spin just a little bit and all externalities are totally pushed out of your consciousness? That is the feeling I got when I read this news this morning:

The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that guard Brandon Roy will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday to repair a tear in the meniscus of his left knee. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) taken Tuesday revealed the tear in the meniscus.

Trail Blazers team physician Dr. Don Roberts will perform the surgery at Southwest Washington Regional Surgery Center in Vancouver, Wash.

A timetable for Roy’s return will be set following the arthroscopic surgery.

Memories of Greg Oden last off-season came flooding in... thoughts of another lost season for the Blazers...and the word "NOOOOOOO...."

However perhaps that was an over-reaction. As yet, the extent of Roy's injury is unknown. This is not microfracture surgery, this is a tear of the meniscus. Two different things -- both serious, but one moreso than the other.

I then turned to the bastion of the Blazers, Blazersedge to see Dave's measured opinion on the matter. The headline "It's Not The End Of The World" went some way to calming me. Hey, if a guy who is just as, if not more fanatical than me about the Blazers, can react in this way, then surely the sky isn't really falling. Right? Go on, Dave...

If you have read the thread below this one, covering the first few hours after the news was released, you’ll notice a tendency to take this news in the worst way possible. That’s perfectly natural given what we all went through last year with Greg Oden. But this is not the same as the Oden situation. Let’s talk about what it is and what it isn’t.

He then went on to discuss all of the information that had been gathered on the topic. And came to this summation:

Brandon Roy is having surgery. It’s not an uncommon procedure. He’s going to take a while to recover, probably between six weeks and three months. There is no reason to assume at this point that it will be any more serious than that. We will know more as soon as the surgery has been completed, which should be today.

That’s it. No more, no less.

So this certainly puts a dent in the Blazers' early season plans and preparations. Portland already had a tough schedule in their first 26 games and this will make it even tougher.

However, let's look on the bright side of things. This will temporarily (in a negative way) clear the logjam at the shooting guard spot, giving a chance to throw Rudy Fernandez and Jerryd Bayless into the fire and get the minutes to prove themselves early. Okay, I'm done with the positives right about there... if you want to add others, please do so in the comments section.

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