Blazers guard Brandon Roy plans to retire

Brandon Roy

The seemingly never-ending saga surrounding Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy and his balky knees has reached a stunning conclusion.

Two sources with knowledge of Roy’s decision told The Oregonian Friday morning that Roy  plans to retire because of degenerative knees, confirming a story first reported by ESPN.

Roy made this decision, one of the sources said, after meeting with doctors on Thursday. After evaluating Roy’s knees, which have been operated on six times and no longer have any cartilage, the doctor flatly told Roy he should no longer play.

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“You can’t do this,” the doctor told Roy, according to one of the sources. “You might end up not walking.” …

One of the sources described Roy as very “emotional” and said he needed “time to rest” and come to grips with his situation. It’s unclear when Roy will be prepared to publicly address his retirement.

— Reported by Joe Freeman of the Oregonian

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