The Other Side of Brandon Roy Comes of Age

By Brian Ang
on Mar 20, 2017 07:35 AM EDT
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A Crown for Roy
Brandon Roy has steered Nathan Hale high school to a championship diadem in only his first year as a coach. (Photo :

From 2006 onwards, the Portland Trail Blazers are bent to break new ground. The entry of Brandon Roy into the NBA at that time has provided the spark needed by Rip City to blossom. Although injuries will soon hamper the orchestrations of the former Rookie of the Year, his presence on the floor is definitely empowering.

Being retired and with just six seasons under his belt, Brandon Roy has every reason to sulk and never to be heard again. However, the former 3-time All-Star is having a grand time on the basketball court as of late. He has accomplished something what past coaches of Nathan Hale High had never done.

The Raiders of Seattle's public school has won its first Metro League Basketball Championship since 1992 as Roy mentored the squad over Garfield with an overwhelming 91-58 victory. The season has been a record-breaking year for the former Trail Blazer. Nathan Lane currently holds a dominant and unblemished 22-0 slate.

What makes Brandon Roy's coaching performance sterling is the quick turnaround that he imposed on this high school ball club. Last year, the team has a dismal 3-18 record. This season, Nathan Lane is among the top ten programs across the country. Spearheading the campaign is Michael Porter Jr. who scored 39 points.

For a while, it has been anticipated that the showdown between Garfield and Nathan Hale will go down the wire. Such belief is not without basis considering the fact that Roy's team hammered out a close 75-69 triumph during the two squad's initial encounter. As Porter and his younger brother Jontay dominated, the score has turned into a blowout. By halftime, Nathan Hale has held a commanding 49-16 lead.

Brandon Roy's desire to be closely associated with basketball is just tremendous. After leaving the Blazers in 2011 to retire, he has surprised everyone when he decided to make a comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2012 season. 29 games later, his knees have ended all hopes of extending his stay in the NBA.

Coaching Nathan Hale to a championship crown may have eased off those pains. With him at the helm, the high school team has turned into an immediate powerhouse as it stunned number one-ranked Sierra Canyon and the heavy weight Oak Hill Academy.

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