PORTLAND - After just five seasons, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy is planning on retiring because of knee problems.
"This is a very difficult and painful day," Roy said in a statement. "I love the game, I love the Portland Trail Blazers and I love our fans, but after consulting with my doctors, I will seek a determination that I've suffered a career ending injury, pursuant to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement."
"You're sad to see a situation like this happen," said Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan. "He's very special to me. We're going to miss him. He played some great basketball for us."
Roy came to the decision after meeting with doctors Thursday, according to the Oregonian. It said they examined his knees, which have undergone six surgeries and have no cartilage left, and told him he should no longer play. The report said doctors told Roy he risks not being able to walk by continuing to play.
"I was surprised," McMillan added. "I was expecting him to be at practice today and got the news last night."
Roy's knees have bothered him since his days at the University of Washington and been a consistent impingement upon his career. He has dealt with a meniscus tear in both knees and missed time with soreness.
"He's disappointed about it," McMillan said about the retirement decision. "He felt this was the thing to do."
He underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January, and returned the next month, albeit in a limited role off the bench. He continued to come off the bench in the playoffs.
Roy established himself as one of the NBA's best shooting guards when healthy, but that hasn't often been the case. Each of his five seasons has been affected by some kind of leg injury, including heel, ankle and hamstring problems.
Despite all that, Roy established himself as one of the league's best. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2007 despite playing in only 57 games, averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
He averaged 22.6 points in 2008-09 and 21.5 the following season, and was named an All-Star three times.
During his career, Roy has averaged 19 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists, while shooting 46 percent.