Skip to main content

Brandon Roy was Joe Johnson's favorite one-on-one battle

roy and joe johnson

Dame Lillard recently said that if he ever wins a championship with Portland, it would definitely made him the best TrailBlazer ever. If Dame wins, few people would disagree with him. But if it weren't for the injuries in Brandon Roy's career, who knows how it would play out.

In those five seasons he played in Portland, Roy left a significant mark, even though he never won past the first round in the playoffs.

Roy was selected from 6th place by the Timberwolves in 2006 and was traded to Portland the same day. And he brought confidence to the league since day one. In his rookie year, he averaged 16.8 points and was named rookie of the year. Just a reminder, the 2006 draft class had players like Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrea Bargnani, and Kyle Lowry.

Unfortunately, the knee injuries started to interfere, and his career was abruptly ended.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles


However, the players recognized his game. On the All the Smoke podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Joe Johnson said Roy was his favorite one-on-one battle.

"Man, I had some good battles with Brandon Roy. I've played against LeBron in Cleveland a few times, we had some good battles. I remember going back and forth with Kobe. He came to Atlanta with the Lakers and probably about the last 14 or15 points was just me and him going back and forth. When the Lakers come to Atlanta, you'll see a number of Lakers fans going crazy. Those are the moments that I remember."

Joe Johnson, via All The Smoke

The thing with Roy is that he never really had the chance to showcase his full potential. Which was, by the way, huge. The dunks, the crossovers, the athleticism, and the clutch shots - Roy had the whole package. 'Iso Joe' says that Roy was a pretty good defender too.

"Brandon Roy just knew how to play. He had a great pace to his game and he was an underrated defender. I thought that he was a pretty good defender. He really made me locked in when we played against him. That's why I said he was one of the good match-ups. Because he was a quiet guy but he got it done. Yeah, and he was athletic too. That boy had sneaky hops."

Joe Johnson, via All The Smoke

What Joe is saying only confirms that B-Roy belongs to the top of the 'what if' players. Maybe even in the top few along with Derrick Rose.
Roy was a prolific scorer who had the skills to impress fans night in and night out, but the injuries didn't allow him to have a happy ending.

Why Arvydas Sabonis never reached his full potential in the NBA

'Arvydas could qualify for a handicapped parking spot' - Why Arvydas Sabonis never reached his full potential in the NBA

A complicated situation, series of injuries and a newly-found love in a foreign country were all factors why the NBA never saw the best version of Arvydas Sabonis

Here's why Emoni Bates will never be Kevin Durant

NBA prospect hyped as the 'Next Kevin Durant' has one major difference from the real KD

Emoni Bates has been drawing comparisons to Kevin Durant. However, their views on social media are nothing alike

Gregg Popovich wanted Kawhi Leonard to be like the Spurs' defensive stopper Bruce Bowen

Gregg Popovich once told Kawhi Leonard that he needed to surpass a certain undrafted Spurs legend

This may be the reason why Kawhi Leonard turned into one of the most lethal defenders of all time.

Russell Westbrook responds to Skip Bayless calling him ‘Westbrick’ on Twitter

Don’t say anything here you wouldn’t say to my face” - Russell Westbrook responds to Skip Bayless calling him ‘Westbrick’ on Twitter

Bayless said that the Lakers selection of Max Christie, who struggled shooting the three in college, would fit in great with ‘Westbrick’, which drew a quick response from Westbrook.

The origin of Michael Jordan's Jumpman logo

Michael Jordan’s Jumpman logo inspiration was revealed and it’s not what you think

Michael Jordan used his own brand to build a business empire. The iconic Jumpman logo will be forever associated to him. However, it was actually inspired from a ballet move and not MJ going for a dunk.

How Kobe Bryant's endorsements helped him bring in money off the court
Play

How Kobe Bryant's endorsements helped him bring in money off the court

Bryant quickly inked a sneaker deal with Adidas that helped open up many different doors for him in the future.

Ray Allen “hearbroken” on overturned abortion verdict

Ray Allen is “hearbroken” after the overturned abortion verdict: "Guns are more protected than a woman’s rights are"

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, removing women's right to abortion which prompted Ray Allen to compare the ruling to rectifying gun laws.

Morris Peterson on getting ejected after slapping Vince Carter: 'We always joke around'

Morris Peterson on getting ejected after slapping Vince Carter: 'We always joke around'

In 2006, Morris Peterson and Vince Carter playfully slapped one another during a game that resulted in Mo Pete being ejected