Update: According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, Roy was shot in the leg outside of his grandmother’s house in Los Angeles. Per that report, Roy suffered the injury while shielding kids from gunfire.
The Blazers have issued the following statement:
“Like many others, we’re just learning of the injury suffered by former Trail Blazers player Brandon Roy in a shooting over the weekend in California. According to those reports, Brandon was wounded as a bystander, but is expected to recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family during this time.”
Original Story Follows:
Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was injured in a shooting in the Los Angeles area, according to Steve Bunin of KING 5 in Seattle. According to the report, Roy was an innocent bystander in what could have been a gang-related incident.
Roy, an ultimate what-if player in the NBA due to his recurring injuries that forced an early retirement, is expected to make a full recovery. He has returned to Washington, where he coaches high school basketball, after having been treated for his injuries in southern California, perhaps indicating that he is already well on his way to recovering.
The former Blazer was named the Naismith High School Coach of the Year for his work in leading Nathan Hale high school to an undefeated season this year. It’s not clear if Roy intends on making a comeback in the NBA through the coaching ranks but it appears as though he has found success in his new career.
For now, our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon Roy as we hope to see him make a full recovery. We will update the situation as more news becomes available.
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