Woe Is Knee

Posted by By at 18 February, at 11 : 17 AM Print

Rotowire reported earlier this week that a surgeon, who wished to remain unnamed, estimates that Brandon Roy may only have one or two more years left in his career due to his chronic knee problems. That appears to be the confirmation that many have been mumbling for the past year or two. For one of  the better all-around perimeter players in the game it’s truly a shame that it’s looking increasingly likely that his career will never get to fully realize it’s potential.

The 2007 Rookie of the Year and 3-time all-star just hasn’t been able to stay healthy for the Blazers. During the 2008-2009 season he played his career high in games with 78, which not coincidentally, was his best season. His averages of 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists helped him to a spot on the all-star team and a place on the All-NBA second team, an indication of what he can do with a full season worth of games under his belt.

It almost seems like the Blazers are cursed when it comes to knee injuries. This year alone LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden (shocker), Joel Przybilla, Elliot Williams, Rudy Fernandez, Marcus Camby, and Nicolas Batum have all missed games with various knee injuries. I’m thinking Portland gets my “Most Resilient Team of the Year” award considering that despite all those games lost they’re still 32-24. Nate McMillan might be doing his best over coaching job all things considered.

Strangely enough knee injuries are nothing new to Portland Trailblazers fans. Bill Walton suffered from knee injuries while playing for the Blazers. So Did Clyde Drexler. Sam Bowie’s knee & leg injuries, make him one of the answers to the trivia question “Who was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley?”. Arvydas Sabonis had so many knee injuries during his career while playing in Europe that he could barely run when he got to Portland. Of all the teams for him to come to when he came to America, it had to be Portland.

The perennial playoff teams of the mid 90s were led by players frequently seen on the training table with trainers looking at their knees in Buck Williams, Cliff Robinson, Terry Porter, and Jerome Kersey. The list goes on with Damon Stoudamire, Kenny Anderson, Jim Jackson, and Steve Smith. The Jermaine O’Neal for Dale Davis trade was essentially trading one good knee for no good knees. Throw in Brian Grant, Derek Anderson, Rod Strickland, Bonzi Wells, and Darius Miles and that pretty much brings us full circle. To make it even worse it’s not even always Blazers players. The career of Dikembe Mutombo came to an end in a 2009 playoff game after being carried of the stretcher with what was originally called a sprained knee. The Rockets’ opponents that in that series, yup the Blazers.

I’m not sure what to make of it all. It almost seems like if you play for the Blazers at some point in your career the knee injuries will follow. They may happen in a Portland jersey, they may not. They could happen at the start of your career, like Oden, or at the end, or anywhere in between. Is there anything that can be done? Unless the Portland trainers figure out a way to get a hold of whatever they make those black boxes in airplane cockpits out of that remain in tact after a crash from 30,000 feet, and figure out a way to transplant that into the knee caps of every Blazers player I’m out of ideas.

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  1. blazingfan#1, 9 years ago Reply

    Ive been saying the same thing for years. The Blazers are cursed! Every player needs to have knee surgery. Its crazy. No way any player wants to go there anymore.

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