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January 22, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Roy speaks

The Brandon Roy celebration is in full swing here at Hec Ed.
Roy walked into the building about an hour ago or so and immediately began fulfilling media obligations — first a sit-down with Bob Rondeau, then with Jen Mueller and FSN, then in the UW media room taking questions from us more regular folks.
“I’ve been trying to think all week what this means,” Roy said. “I really can’t put it into words.”
But he tried.
Roy said his jersey going to the rafters “represents what we did at Washington” saying it’s also honoring all of his teammates who helped lead the Huskies to three straight NCAA tournaments. One of those teammates, Jamaal Williams, will be here tonight.
“They are all like my brothers,” Roy said.
Roy again told his tale of originally being academically ineligible and spending a few months working on a dock near the Port of Seattle cleaning containers. He told again the day he found out he was eligible and said he and coach Lorenzo Romar “hugged for five minutes.”
Then he found out how hard Romar was going to coach him, saying somedays he told his parents he thought Romar was being too hard, later realizing it was all simply to make him the best player he could be.
“But he saw more in me than I did in myself,” Roy said. “He wasn’t going to settle for less with me.”
He learned of the jersey retirement one day last summer when he was in a grocery story with his son, saying he initially missed the call.
As a player here, he said “my jersey being retired never crossed my mind.”
But he admitted he began to think more of it the last few years as he heard some rumblings from people around the school it could happen.
He’ll join Bob Houbregs as only the second player to have his number retired. “100 years of basketball only two (retired)? That’s amazing,” he said.
He talked with Houbregs today at a luncheon and hopes to talk with him again tonight.
Roy often returns to Hec Ed in the summer for workouts, and was actually back for a practice two weeks ago when he returned to the area for the birth of his second child.
But this will be the first game he sees since turning pro.
And he admits he’ll look at his jersey with some awe.
“For 100 years after me that jersey will be up there,” he said.

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