I never thought I’d say something this:
I do not want to see Brandon Roy play basketball anytime soon.
You hate to wish a benching upon the very foundation of the Blazers’ franchise, but to see Roy struggle when describing his deep frustration with a hamstring injury that is not getting better, it’s clear that something needs to be done. Ironically, that something is nothing. Roy needs to get acquainted with his Xbox, PS3, of NES (with Power Glove), because the last thing this team needs is another false bill of good health that lasts less than 20 minutes of court time before forcing Roy back into the trainer’s room.
It’s been over a month since the initial injury and despite the best treatment Paul Allen’s deep pockets can buy, plus plenty of rest, Roy’s hamstring is no better than it was mid-January. At what point should the Portland Trail Blazers asses the continual hamstring ailments of Roy as a problem that is not going away anytime soon? Will they lose more while Roy wears a suit on the bench? Absolutely. But the team’s modest playoff dreams of a seventh or eighth seed are still very possible without Roy in the starting lineup. If he gets antsy on the pine, give the man a clipboard—or a t-shirt cannon—but whatever happens, do not let Roy play basketball again until he is 100%. If that means waiting until Friday, April 16th (the probable start of the NBA playoffs), so be it.