Brandon Roy hasn't played in an NBA game since Nov. 9th, it was probably a week after that game (vs. the Pacers) that we found out Roy would need surgery on his right knee. It was the seventh knee surgery for Roy dating back to his high school days.
Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery on that right knee and was to be out for a month. Now, in late December it's sounding as though his return to the hardwood is very near.
Roy fully participated in Thursday's practice and is expected to do the same tomorrow (Friday). If all goes well, Roy should be available this weekend when the Wolves face the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
Roy will be a welcome addition. The Wolves are QUITE thin in the 'wing department' after injuries to Chase Budinger and Malcolm Lee as well as Josh Howard, who tore his ACL and was waived.
I'd say it's almost certain that Roy will be coming off the bench, while Alexey Shved continues to start at shooting guard. He'll likely be in the backcourt with Ricky Rubio coming off the bench. Which could spell great things for Roy as Rubio will be able to find him for wide open looks.
Roy definitely struggled to start the season. Through five regular season games he's 11-35 (31%) from the field and 0-9 from three. The one thing that he did show off in those nine games was his passing ability. Through five games Roy dished out 23 assists, with a season-high vs. Orlando on Nov. 7th, when he finished with 9 dimes.
The TWolves (excluding Roy) currently have four players averaging at least four assists a game: Alexey Shved (4.4), Luke Ridnour (4.4), J.J. Barea (4.4) and Ricky Rubio (4.0). What the Wolves will need from Roy is points--someone to pass the ball to and trust that he'll knock down shots. There's no doubt he struggled in those first five games of the regular season, however we now know it was because that knee was bothering him (Roy bumped knees with another player in MIN's final preseason game and he says it didn't feel right following that, he re-aggravated it in that game on Nov. 9th--prompting the surgery).
Roy will be a welcome addition--and here's hoping he'll be able to put points on the board and help the Wolves as they are in dire need of help at the 'wings'.
I'll be updating this story following Friday's practice and hopefully another update on Saturday that'll say he'll be playing. Stay tuned for that, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!