After five seasons with the Portland Trailblazers and another one with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brandon Roy had to leave the NBA for good in 2013 following a series of knee injuries. The 32-year-old Roy has found a lot of success in his second career as a high school coach at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School, though, earning the 2017 Naismith High School Coach of the Year award in March after leading the Raiders (with help from #1 college prospect and Mizzou commit Michael Porter Jr., who won the 2017 Naismith High School Player of the Year award) to a 29-0 mark and the Washington 3A title. This weekend saw bad luck once again strike Roy, though, as he was reportedly injured as an innocent bystander in a shooting in Los Angeles. Steve Bunin of Seattle NBC affiliate King 5 News has more details:
KING 5 sources confirm Nathan Hale coach Brandon Roy was injured in a weekend shooting in California.
He was shot while at an outdoor gathering in the Los Angeles area. We were told, Roy was an innocent bystander in what may be a gang related shooting.
Roy was treated in southern California but has already returned to Washington while he recovers.
It’s good to hear that Roy is recovering, but that’s frightening stuff. This is a sad moment next to all the success he’s found coaching, too; Nathan Hale went 3-18 before Roy took over last year, and hadn’t made a state tournament since 1994, so the turnaround he pulled off there is really impressive. Hopefully Roy can heal up and get back to coaching soon. And if he keeps up his success there, we may see him on the bench in the NBA again at some point.