This has been a big week for *BREAKING NEWS* in the world of sports. First Albert Pujols heads to So. Cal, then we thought Chris Paul was headed there too, before commissioner David Stern stepped in and blocked the trade, and now Brandon Roy is retiring.
It’s a sad day in the world of basketball. If you have ever watched Roy play, you’d know why. The dude was special. Roy was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves were and, to this day still are, criticized for trading Roy to the Portland Trail Blazers for Randy Foye. Roy flourished in Portland, winning R.O.Y. (Rookie of the Year) when he averaged nearly 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game. His best season came in ’08-’09, when he averaged 22.6, 5 and 5. He was at his best when the game was in the balance. He was known for being clutch and hitting big time shots. His most memorable performance came this last April, when he scored 18 points in the 4th quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks after Dallas claimed a 23-point lead earlier in the game. Roy has had a history of injury problems, most notably his knees. He had surgery done on both knees before he was 25 and has not gained much of the strength back. Roy was a 3-time All-Star. It was announced earlier today on ESPN.com that he would retire some time before the season starts.