Thursday night, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy appeared at an Arby's restaurant, in the Twin Cities suburb of Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. Roy served customers, for roughly an hour, after receiving a crash course from restaurant management. A portion of the sales went to the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Arby's Foundation’s partnership with Share our Strength and the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Just before the season started, Timberwolves players Derrick Williams and Greg Stiemsma also served people at the very same Arby's location.
Thus far, during the 2012-2013 season, Roy has only played in five games. Earlier Thursday (a few hours prior to his Arby’s appearance), the 28-year-old participated in a grueling off day practice, designed to gage how his knees were reacting, after enduring yet another knee surgery on November 19. Unfortunately for Roy, he experienced further setbacks to his recovery, forcing him to miss Friday’s practice and Saturday’s morning shootaround.
Saturday afternoon, it was reported that Roy will once again seek out additional treatments for his struggling knees, with the hopes of further staving off a permanent retirement from the NBA.
Roy had a great start to his career with the Portland Trial Blazers, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2007, while making three All-Star appearances. He was named to the All-NBA second team in 2009.
Unfortunately for Roy, several knee injuries and subsequent surgeries derailed his once promising career. He missed significant time during 2009- 2011 seasons and after the 2011 lockout, he stated that he no longer had cartilage in his knees. This degeneration forced the young star to retire.
During the lockout-shortened 2011-2012, Roy underwent platelet-rich plasma surgery in Germany, just as Kobe Bryant did. He announced this past June that he wanted to return to the NBA and in July, the Timberwolves signed him to two-year/ $10.4 million contract.