Brandon Roy Makes NBA Debut In Seattle

Nov. 3, 2006

SEATTLE (AP) -- Brandon Roy couldn't count all the times he'dcome to Seattle's KeyArena to watch the SuperSonics.

This time he came to play against them.

'I watched a lot of games here,' the Portland Trail Blazers'top draft choice and former Washington All-America said before his NBA regular-season debut -- against the Sonics, who used to be his favorite team while he was growingup in Seattle.

Chatting with many of the same reporters who used to cover himwhen he starred for the University of Washington, Roy lookedrelaxed despite a hectic day that started with a morning radiointerview.

'It's been a pretty crazy day,' he said. 'Now I think I'mready to go out and have some fun.'

Roy, who played four seasons for Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar,was in the Blazers' starting lineup in the backcourt with pointguard Jarrett Jack.

He will play some point guard and small forward for the Blazersin his rookie pro season.

Portland coach Nate McMillan said he would like to use Roymainly as a shooting guard.

The Blazers acquired him on draft day in June from Minnesota forthe draft rights to Randy Foye via Boston.

In the preseason, Roy ranked second in the NBA and No. 1 amongrookies by averaging 34.8 minutes. He averaged 14.8 points, 3.4rebounds and 3.6 assists.

'He's a guy who has the potential to be an All-Star one day,'said McMillan, who played his entire NBA career with the Sonics.'I was here when Gary Payton came into the league. I see BrandonRoy following in his footsteps.'

The rookie 6-foot-6 guard knows NBA success won't comeovernight. He was the Pac-10 Player of the Year as a senior,averaging 20.2 points for the Huskies.

'You've got to learn to adjust to this game,' Roy said. 'I'vegot to figure out my NBA game and what works for me. It's not goingto come right away.'

McMillan concurred.

'Rookies don't come into this league and dominate,' the coachsaid. 'It's a three-to-four-year process. It just doesn't happenin the first, second or third year.'

Roy received a rousing ovation from the KeyArena crowd thatincluded his parents.

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