Not Like This, Brandon.

I woke up today to the shocking news that Brandon Roy was retiring.

It’s a tough pill to swallow when the heart and soul of the Portland Trailblazers announces we won’t get to see him play ever again.

But he did make his shorter-than-it-should-be career worthwhile.

We saw Brandon win Rookie of the Year. We watched Brandon help revive the Trailblazers franchise. We saw Brandon single-handedly lead the Blazers to a win in Game 4 against Dallas last year.

But today we learned that he won’t be lacing them up any more. I wish it didn’t have to be like this.

Thanks for the memories, B-Roy.

(The video is from a couple of seasons ago. Brandon Roy drives the lane and posterizes Cheikh Samb.)