Career over for Michigan State forward Delvon Roe

  • 09/29/2011 5:39 pm in Knee Pain Forces Delvon Roe to Retire

MSU senior forward Delvon Roe has decided to end his career as an active member of the Spartan basketball team due to degenerative knee pain. Roe will remain on scholarship and is on track to graduate in May 2012.

Quote from Delvon Roe:

“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. It feels that I’ve been playing through pain throughout my career at MSU, but the daily grind of basketball – the running, cutting, jumping – has finally taken its toll given the intensity required to play at our level. I started playing basketball because I loved the game, but the pain has taken that away and forced me to always think about just getting through the next few minutes or the next game. I don’t want to just `get through’ anymore. I’ve played on a leg and a half for most of my career, and that’s not fair to my teammates as they go through the daily grind.”

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  • Jimfarley07

    Does anyone see the comparison here between Roe and Maurice Creek?  If Creek is not being forced to endure excruciating pain every time he works out, I’d be very surprised.  Knee injuries never really go away. 

  • marcusgresham

    Sucks for the guy.  He was tough as nails.

  • MillaRed

    Wow. MSU continues to have an albatross around its collective neck.

  • InTheMtns

    Really hate to see this. The kid has played hurt since high school and he did everything he could to get back but just couldn’t do it physically. Two Final Fours and B10 Championships will be great memories to have, but you know he had dreams of the NBA. Quote from Izzo: “It’s a shame that most Spartans never got to see the player I recruited.”  This all gives meaning to the idea that it’s so important to get the education the scholarship offers because the career in basketball might not be possible.

  • Anonymous

    That is a very mature choice to make.  Hopefully it is the right choice.  Good luck to him in the future.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Hate to see this happen to the guy. Best wishes to him, and I hope he is able to contribute in other ways this season.

  • kristheboss

    He put on some of the most dominating low post performances against IU at assembly hall over his career that I can remember. 

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck to that young man – as a fan of the game I will sure miss watching him play. 

  • Casey B.

    Sad all around. I’m all for gaining competitive advantage, but not this way. Best of luck to Delvon in his future endeavors. From all accounts, he’s a legit dude.

  • Anonymous

    He already has contributed in another way. He has shown how the decision to play the game at this level can be taken out of your own hands and how the academic side of college is just as or more important than the athletic side is. He has also shown what it takes to make an informed and mature decision. He is also contributing by showing how to lead by example.

    This is also an example of how important it is to look at the big picture when a kid is deciding where to accept a scholly at. They had better take a look at situations such as this one where the head coach was involved and how it was handled cause I’m sure there are those schools out there that, cough cough pUKe mumble, mumble where when this happens the player is pretty much tossed aside and for the most part forgotten.

    As you say hate to see this happen to him and I wish the best of luck to this young man in what ever he chooses to do from here on out.

  • Best of luck to a warrior competitor. Glad to see that he will get his degree.

  • Nashville1970

    Sad to hear but these things happen.  Once again, this proves that athletic careers are unpredictable and can end unexpectedly at any time.  In the “one-and-done” environment of college basketball, I’m glad to see coaches like Izzo and Crean in the game.  They “get it” and understand the meaning of the term student-athlete.  Unfortunate career ending injury for Delvon but that God he has a coach that gives a damn about his education so he can have a career outside of basketball! 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t imagine how tough it is for someone like Roe, who at one point in his life expected to be in the NBA, to lose it all to injury.  It can been hard giving up the game, can’t imagine it being taken from you…

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Curious as why you would not root for B1G schools in the (I assume)NCAA tourneys or any other.   It only contributes to the strength of our division.  I always pull for any Indiana schools and B1G schools when they are not playing IU.  We don’t want the B1G to be a weak conference do we?
    Just curious.