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Updated: December 30th, 2012 12:59am
Wessel: It's only a matter of time before Brandon Roy story ends

Wessel: It's only a matter of time before Brandon Roy story ends

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MINNEAPOLIS -- So it turns out that Brandon Roy isn't retiring. But optimism is definitely running low.

After a day full of reports and speculation that the former All-Star was going to retire for the second time in two years because of degenerative knees, Roy released a statement from the team saying that he is going to keep fighting the good fight.

Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman both met with the media before Saturday's 111-107 win over the Phoenix Suns. Kahn did his best to show optimism and Adelman essentially just expressed annoyance about the whole situation.

It isn't difficult to read between the lines here.

To put it bluntly, don't hold your breath waiting for Roy to be a contributing member of this team.

"I have nothing to say about it," Adelman said. "I don't know anything more about it than you do. You should talk to the medical people and talk to Brandon because I don't have the secret for it or the answer."

The team's public relations people specifically told the media that Adelman didn't have any desire to talk about Roy, but the coach did open up when he was pressed.

Adelman said he hasn't even spoken to Roy since Thursday when he skipped practice for "personal reasons." He also said he wasn't even expecting Roy to play any time soon even before the latest setback.

"I never thought he was (close)," Adelman said. "He shot around a couple times, practiced a couple times. And again, this is really about our team more than anything else. Where do you fit him in? We are trying to work Ricky in and that affects the four guards we have. You bring Brandon back and that affects everybody around."

It is a sad story. You do feel bad for the guy. He has certainly earned the right to go out any way he sees fit. But it is fair to wonder when enough is enough.

Kahn was extremely vague on what type of treatment Roy would be undergoing, saying only that it was non-surgical and isn't another round of that platelet-rich plasma treatments he had before deciding to make his comeback. The procedure, whatever it may be, isn't even being done by a team doctor.

The reality is there really isn't much doctors can do once your knees are out of cartilage. It is basically a pain management game at this point.

Kahn wouldn't even offer any kind of timetable either, saying only that Roy might start feeling back to where he was in the preseason in three to four weeks.

"Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst," Kahn said.

The other elephant in the room is the fact that Roy obviously has a roster spot tied up in a position the Wolves are woefully thin at. How much loyalty do you show a guy that you took a $5 million flyer on but has only played five unproductive games?

The NBA is a business. And in business you have to make tough decisions. It will be interesting what Kahn does when and if that tough decision needs to be made.

Everybody wanted this comeback story to have a happy ending.

Roy is one of the more likeable athletes you'll find. He could very well return to the court at some point, but is it realistic to expect any production out of him? It is a sad story that appears to be heading toward an inevitable conclusion.

In this story: Brandon Roy
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