They keep telling Brandon Roy that the Rookie of the Year belongs to him, that it's him and everyone else for the award. Since the All-Star game, this has been the steady beat, and Roy smiles and dutifully nods and swears that the honor has been thrust far down on his personal priorities. As soon as he walks through his front door now, there's that newborn, Brandon Roy Jr., cooing, burping and looking back at his father with eyes that buckle his knees.
"My son has slowed everything down for me," Roy said. "He's come at the perfect time for me, when I've needed to stay humbled and grounded. There he is every day waiting for me. Win or lose, he doesn't care. He's happy to see me."
This has been the season of Roy understanding that he was playing for someone else, for something bigger than himself. Brandon Jr. happened to make it resonate on a deeper level. The Portland Trail Blazers needed a grownup to transform this forlorn franchise, a lottery pick who could be the cornerstone toRead More »from Role model citizen