Blazers' Brandon Roy to retire

Updated: December 10, 2011, 10:40 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

PORTLAND, Ore. -- All-Star guard Brandon Roy has told Portland he plans on retiring because of ongoing trouble with his knees.

A five-year veteran who helped the team shed its "Jail Blazers" reputation, Roy has been dogged by pain for the past two seasons. He has said in the past that he lacks cartilage between the bones in both knees.

"This is a very difficult and painful day," Roy said in a statement released by the team. "I love the game, I love the Portland Trail Blazers and I ...

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