In what was one of the more depressing articles about one of the more depressing developments this season, Brandon Roy admits that he was on the verge of tears while sitting on the sidelines of last night’s game. It is one of the tragic truths of basketball, many of the most gifted and brilliant players will never full reach their full potential. Roy’s knees have stopped propelling him to the speeds and heights he had learned to rely on and this has knocked down one of the top emerging players of our generation. He seems destined to join the likes of Bill Walton, Grant Hill, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, and Roy’s teammate Greg Oden. Some injuries are flukes, some are built into the freakish bodies that conveyed their genius, but all of them rob us of potential basketball bliss.
Last night all I could think of as I watched the game slipping away from the Blazers was that there is a universe where Brandon Roy’s knees are healthy and this game is going down to the wire. That and I still can’t believe the Blazers had the balls to stare down their demons and bring in a guy nicknamed Crash.