Brandon Roy gave an interview on NBATV where he discussed his new team and return from retirement. You could write most of the transcript without watching the video (“I feel great, the situation seemed right, yada yada…) but Roy said one thing that stuck out as a candid bit of truth. When discussing his current level of athleticism, Roy stated:
You know honestly, right now and all summer long, I’ve been preparing to not have to take a step back with my game. I’ll be honest; some of the lift isn’t quite what it used to be, but I think my explosiveness to get to the basket has been just as good. You know, more than anything I think I’m a lot smarter of a basketball player. I understand that the NBA season is long and my body isn’t what it used to be. But right now I feel great. Me and Coach Adelman are gonna sit down before the season and communicate throughout the year about how I’m feeling and what’s the best way to get the most out of me.
Translation: Roy is less explosive, but pain free. On the whole I think that’s good news. The hope–as I think I’ve written before–is that he can mold himself into a modern Paul Pierce-style shooting guard, using hesitation moves and shooting brilliance to be a go-to scoring option. 2009 Brandon Roy isn’t walkin’ through that door. But a damn fine player might be. Let’s hope the training and coaching staff handles him with care and he can complete this transition from dynamic to savvy.