PORTLAND -- Trail Blazer Brandon Roy has issued a statement on his retirement, just as Greg Oden suffered a medical setback and the team released an update on the health of LaMarcus Aldridge.
This is a very difficult and painful day, Roy said after announcing his medical retirement Friday. I love the game, I love the Portland Trail Blazers and I love our fans, but after consulting with my doctors, I will seek a determination that I've suffered a career ending injury, pursuant to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement
Five-year veteran Roy helped the team shed its Jail Blazers reputation. He has been plagued by knee injuries and surgeries and has said he lacks cartilage between the bones in both knees.
Background: Blazer Brandon Roy has retired
My family and health are most important to me and in the end this decision was about them and my quality of life, he added. I want to thank Paul Allen, Larry Miller, Coach McMillan, the entire Trail Blazers organization and our fans for all of their love and support during my time in Portland. It was a great ride.
The team had announced Monday that Roy would be ready for training camp by the end of the week, and owner Paul Allen said he was surprised to hear of the retirement.
Like every Blazer fan, I am very sad to learn that Brandon's playing days have ended, Allen said. Up until Thursday night we were looking forward to seeing him back on the court Friday for the first day of practice.
I want to personally thank Brandon for all he's done as a Trail Blazer, on and off the court, he added. He is a true All-Star and we all rooted for him as he gave us so many amazing moments during his five years as a Blazer.
The team also announced Friday that center Greg Oden had suffered a medical setback and might not play this season.
Following Greg's most recent physical examination and evaluation, we've determined that he has suffered a setback, said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. We're hopeful, but less confident that he will return to the court this season. We've stood by Greg from the day he was drafted and we continue to do so now with this agreement.
And later Friday evening the team announced even more bad news: forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge had undergone a procedure to evaluate his heart.
The team sent out a statement Friday night that read, in part, Aldridge, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in 2007, underwent a similar procedure to correct the problem at the time of diagnosis.
Aldridge was expected to be sidelined for five to seven days before he could return to practice. Every day of practice is critical, as the shortened NBA season starts for the Blazers on December 26.
The Blazers announced Saturday morning that four new players were added to the training camp roster: Marshall Brown (forward), Jeff Foote (center), Ben McCauley (forward) and Seth Tarver (guard).