Tue, Nov 20th 2012, 11:21
Shooting guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday, the team announced at the conclusion of the procedure.
The surgery was performed by team Dr. David Fischer at the TRIA Orthopedic Center in Bloomington. According to the team’s release, Roy is expected to miss approximately one month.
This is not the way neither the Timberwolves nor Roy hoped his comeback attempt would pan out, but with Roy sidelined since Nov. 9 against Indiana it was an option the sixth-year guard wanted to pursue.
“I think he feels like it’s worth doing,” coach Rick Adelman said. “Making sure everything’s all right, so you have to just go with it and hopefully when it’s over with he’ll be able to come back.”
Roy returned this offseason after missing the entire 2011-12 campaign due to continuous knee problems. But he was confident in the offseason in making his return, and during the exhibition schedule he shot 43.8 percent from the floor and collected 19 points against Maccabi Bazan Haifa—his highest-scoring output of the preseason.
In five games during the regular season, he’s averaging 5.8 points and led the team with 4.6 assists per game.
President of Basketball Operations David Kahn said in a statement that Roy has been experiencing pain in his knee since Oct. 26, when he banged knees with a Milwaukee Bucks player in the preseason.
“The pain became more pronounced on Nov. 9 during our game against Indiana,” Kahn said in the release. “We fully support Brandon’s decision to have today’s arthroscopic procedure, and look forward to his return when he feels ready to play.”
The news ensures that the Timberwolves will continue to have a short-handed back court in the meantime, with point guard JJ Barea also currently sidelined with a left mid-foot sprain. He’s day-to-day but has not participated in scrimmages since injuring his foot Nov. 7 against Orlando.
Part of the solution is newly-acquired forward/guard Josh Howard, who can slide into the 2 spot if need be. The Wolves also have Alexey Shved, Malcolm Lee and Luke Ridnour in their back court.
Adelman said even though the team has shuffled players, his guys have adjusted each time.
“These guys have been very good,” Adelman said. “You couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to go through this. They’re busting their tails, they don’t put their heads down. They just try to do what’s right. It’s hard though, because you have a plan, and you’re just adjusting all the time and you can’t play the same way.”
Howard said he’s willing and able to fill in where the team needs, though he said it comes at a cost.
“I wish Brandon a speedy recovery and hope he gets back soon,” Howard said. “Until then I’ll hold the fort down for him.”