Brandon Roy Has Level 3 Arthritis in His Knee; Doctors Say He Should Retire

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You know what happens when you have Level 4 arthritis?

You are force to have knee replacement surgery. Brandon Roy gave it a good shot with his comeback, but it appears he will have to shut it down pretty soon.

Not just one doctor, but multiple doctors have told Roy that he should stop playing basketball. His knees are getting worse by the day. By now, at 28, he has had so many surgeries, so many treatments and seen so many doctors, he sounds like a specialist. He explains that he has degenerative arthritis, which erodes and eventually eliminates cartilage, with the same precision and ease that came to define his run of three consecutive All-Star appearances. And with the calm that made him one of the game’s best finishers, he explains that his knees have reached Level III arthritis. There are only four stages.

“Level IV,” Roy says fearlessly, “is when you get a knee replacement.”

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