Nov. 12, 2008
Brandon Roy, a scrappy kid who grew up on the streets of Seattle and soared at the University of Washington, is entering his third year in the NBA. Roy received “Rookie of the Year” honors his first year with Portland and became an “All-Star” in his second. He’s hoping to lead the Trail Blazers to their first playoff spot in the Western Conference since 2004.
Roy, who is a down to earth and highly intelligent athlete, sat down with Street Roots recently to talk about poverty and sports, life before the NBA and his goal to help individuals with learning disabilities to have a fighting chance in life.
Israel Bayer: Many people without a home look to the Blazers as a vehicle of hope in their lives. In many ways you and your teammates represent a flickering light at the end of the tunnel for many people living in poverty. Knowing this, does it motivate and inspire you as a human being and basketball player and why?
Brandon Roy: Yeah, it means a lot to us. Knowing that some people are down and still believe in us, we use that as an inspiration. You know we can’t always control wins or losses, but we can control our effort every night when we go out there.
At the end of the day we want people to say the Trail Blazers fought hard and they didn’t quit, anything is possible. I think that’s something we take a lot of pride in and we are motivated to give the city of Portland hope. We’re young, but we’re determined. Continue reading