Brandon Roy was, not so long ago, one of the NBA's premier players. He was a smooth-handling shooting guard who could pass, nail step-back jumpers, and explode to the rim with surprising athleticism. It seemed all but certain that Roy would become one of the defining players of this era, taking a spot alongside the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. But then Roy's knees decided to turn degenerative and put a stop to his inevitable ascendance, forcing him to retire last December at the age of 27. When Roy retired, basketball fans everywhere mourned the loss of a special talent.
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