The end of Brandon Roy?
Yikes, that sounds pretty terrible, but you never know with the advances medicine makes. 8 or 9 years ago how many people would have believed you if you told them Grant Hill was a starter and playing meaningful minutes at age 38?
I don't know... Roy's situation is a little different. He doesn't have a meniscus in either knee. That's tough.
And though there have been a couple of medical procedures that claim to be be able to replace a meniscus, they seem too risky and there are certain guidelines you have to meet just to qualify for the surgery. I read somewhere that Roy's knee was arthritic, which could elliminate him from even being a candidate for the surgery. I mean, who knows? Maybe Roy will be the first big time athlete to undergo it. Once upon a time, microfracture surgery was an unknown and considered risky for athletes, but now doctors have started to perfect it.
I hope something can be done for him though. He's played without a meniscus in his left knee the past three seasons, which is something a lot of people didn't know about. That's the reason Roy never accepted those invites with Team USA. He's always had to go through pain and swelling, but that pain and swelling went up a ton of notches this season. Your knee can only take that grinding for so long. I wouldn't be surprised if his articular cartilage is damaged.
And last season he had the rest of his right meniscus removed. Eventually his right knee will break down too. It just doesn't look too good for him. That's why I posted I thought he'd only last another three seasons max.
Yeah, thats rough and really a shame for such a good young player. I hope something can be done medically to help him, but you also have to wonder if he tries to push it the next three years or opt to focus on his quality of life later on.