"That Brandon Roy comeback narrative has just gone completely down the shitter. Peja gets a good look at a three and drains. Brandon winds up on the free-throw line and he goes one of two. Camera pans the bench and it's all long faces. How often do teams go ten minutes without a field goal?"
"The cheering that's going on here isn't just loud, it's loud tinged with absolute disbelief. I mean, complete and utter amazement at what is happening. I have never seen a game like this. I've seen some crazy games, but I've never looked down press row to see every mouth agape and every eye wide.How many Blazer fans are being made right now? Here and across the country? How many Brandon Roy jerseys are going to sell this weekend? This is incredible. I'm so glad I'm here. I feel like the double rainbow guy and his rainbows. That's how amazing this is to me."
So that's what messed Blazer fans up. That's what made Blazer fans think they were losing a player in his prime. And of course this should have been Brandon Roy's prime. And even counting all the millions he's made and the great games he's had, it's tough for sports fans not to feel a little bitter on his behalf. He was one of the good guys, and he'll never get a chance to be a legend. He'll always have an asterix. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant get championship rings and eternal fame. Brandon Roy, the quiet family man who I'd take in a poker game over either of those superstars, gets to be a footnote. So while I'm a little bit perplexed at the outpouring of grief and anger surrounding Roy's retirement (it's a retirement, after all, and not a funeral), I also completely understand why fans get emotional about it.
ON MONDAY: Season predictions and sizing up the new players with assistant coach Buck Williams.