Talking Points: Wishing Brandon Roy well
Friday, July 6, 2012
It appears official: Brandon Roy is going to attempt a comeback.
And he is going to do it by returning to the team that drafted him.
No, Trail Blazers fans, that is not Portland.
Reports on Thursday indicated that Roy has reached a two-year, $10 million agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was the T-Wolves who selected Roy with the No. 6 pick in the 2006 draft, trading him that day to the Blazers.
It is hardly surprising that Roy is trying to resurrect his career. He is just 27 years old, just entering what for most pro athletes are the prime years. Too soon to be on a rocking chair.
Still, call us skeptical. It was only seven months ago that Roy retired from the Blazers, telling everyone that he was choosing his long-term health and his family over further punishment to his busted knees.
Could Roy's comeback be the result of the so-called God Particle, the sub-atomic particle called the Higgs boson that physicists this week announced they have identified?
A successful return for Roy is certainly difficult to fathom, but we certainly wish him well. Not only because he's easy to pull for, but because watching him team with Kevin Love intrigues us.
The deal that the Portland Timbers made on Thursday makes our head spin the way derivatives and stock options and everything Wall Street does. You see, the Timbers traded stuff that exists only on paper for an actual player.
Which we think makes the deal that brought them defender Kosuke Kimura from Colorado a no-brainer. That Kimura is a player with experience playing right back -- a position where the Timbers needed help -- is a bonus.
There are two baseball tournaments taking place in our neck of the woods this week that deserve attention.
At Propstra Stadium, some of the top traveling teams from the region are participating in the Curt Daniels Invitational. This tournament has a tradition of showcasing players who might wind up being drafted next year, alongside college-bound players.
In Camas, meanwhile, the Southern Washington Senior Babe Ruth Tournament continues through at least Sunday as teams of 16- to 18-year-olds battle for berths in the regional tournament.
Sure, a Babe Ruth "state" tournament isn't what it used to be. Players now scatter to a variety of programs for summer baseball. But as summer finally arrives here, it's a good time to catch a game.