Regardless of what happens this season, Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy is prepared to retire knowing he gave it his all to play again.
Roy suffered yet another setback in what seems like a long series of setbacks this season. The plan was for Roy to make his return to action Feb. 1 against the Los Angles Lakers before he “tweaked” his right knee, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
In fact, Roy almost called it quits that moment—right then and there.
“As soon as it happened, in my head, I said ‘I quit. I just quit,” an emotional Roy told CSNNW.com. “That was my first thought, that I couldn’t do this anymore.
“I’m at a crossroad in my career.”
After several disappointments in his rehab all season, he is more at peace with walking away at the end of the season.
“I look at it like this has got to be the last season,” he said. “I don’t have any regrets because I know I tried to give it another season. So me saying this has to be the last season, it’s not as difficult as it was last year. I tried. I gave it that last effort and it’s time to move on. I’m at that range to where I’m at peace with things.”
It appears Roy will still attempt to play this season, but any time on the court would be a bonus at this point.
“I’m not ready to say I’m going to retire, but if I can play the last 15 games of the year, that would be good enough for me.”
Roy says his new target date is Mar. 2, when the Timberwolves make their final appearance at the Rose Garden against the Blazers this season. Playing against his old team is something he’d like to do, but he only considers it a “50-50″ shot that he’ll be ready in time.
The second year of Roy’s contract reportedly has a health clause linked to his knee condition. The Timberwolves will not be on the hook for the second year of his two-year contract if he does indeed walk away after this season.
Roy would consider a coaching career after his playing career, according to the report.