PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brandon Roy unexpectedly appeared at the Trail Blazers’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, his first visit to the Rose Garden since his abrupt retirement at the opening of training camp.
Roy sat courtside with wife Tiana and was given a standing ovation when he was shown on the video scoreboard. Team owner Paul Allen was among those standing.
A three-time All-Star who played all five of his NBA seasons in Portland, Roy was dogged by pain in both of his knees for the past two seasons.
Roy, a fan favorite whom many credit with turning around the team’s once-tarnished “Jail Blazers” reputation, finished his career with averages of 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
The Blazers used the NBA’s amnesty clause to waive Roy after he announced his plans to seek medical retirement.