The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced guard Brandon Roy at a news conference yesterday in the Twin Cities. After multiple surgeries, Roy saw the cartilage in his knees deteriorate, forcing him to walk away from the game in 2011. A three-time All-Star, Roy established himself as one of the NBA’s best shooting guards when healthy during his five years in Portland. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2007 despite playing in only 57 games after averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and four assists. Roy averaged 22.6 points in 2008-09 and 21.5 the following season. Ironically, Roy was originally drafted by Minnesota, but traded to Portland for Randy Foye in a draft night deal.
Timberwolves star Kevin Love put a scare into Minnesota sports fans when he limped off of the court in obvious pain during the second half of yesterday’s dominating U-S win over Tunisia. Love was holding his knee and getting medical attention of the bench. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski (sheh-SHEFF-skee) told reporters after the game that Love simply knocked knees with an opposing player, and while that type of injury is painful at first, it is not anything serious. Coach K says he expects Love to play in tomorrow’s game against Nigeria.