Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is back in Seattle recovering from a gun shot wound he suffered in California last weekend.

The situation has had many conflicting reports with the players from the high school team, Nathan Hale in Seattle, stating their head coach was not shot. Many of his close friends are not willing to confirm nor deny the report Hale assistant coach Jay Von Nickens said that he has spoken with Roy and said he’s fine and in “good spirits.”

The following is Nickens to Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times:

“Brandon is a thinker, and he wants to take his time, and he will address the media when he’s ready. … It’s an ongoing investigation, and I can’t speak on the situation, but Mr. Roy and Coach Sims is OK.”

According to the ongoing investigation of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department street gang unit, last Saturday two men pulled up with guns and shot Roy with three others. Roy was hit in the hamstring and buttocks area while the other three men were hit in the upper body but nobody suffered fatal injuries as the gunfire hit non-vital extremities.

Nathan Hale’s basketball team received the Army National Guard national ranking trophy Friday for finishing No.1 in the final season rankings, but most who attended were more concerned about the absent head coach. With the top recruit in the country in Michael Porter Jr., Roy guided the Raiders to a 29-0 record and finished as the number one team in four of the seven national rankings.

Roy had an established career first at the University of Washington when he became a first team all-american in 2006 when he was also the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Following his four year career at Washington in which his jersey was retired, Roy was drafted in the 2006 NBA Draft, sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves who immediately traded him to the Blazers for Randy Foye. One of the biggest “What If’s” in NBA history, Roy could never stay healthy with bad knees that plagued him throughout his career. In his short five seasons in Portland, Roy won Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was a three-time all star.

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