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The Brandon Roy Story by Dan Raley

By Bill Kossen
Seattle Times staff

Not too many years ago, Brandon Roy was putting on awe-inspiring dunking exhibitions for his classmates during lunchtime while attending Garfield High School.  B-Roy, as he is known by many, then went on to become a star at the University of Washington and an All-Star in the NBA.  For his first four years as a pro, he was arguably (and what sports fan doesn’t like to argue?) the greatest high-school hoops player ever to come out of what has become the basketball hotbed of Seattle.

Knee problems have put his brilliant career on hold, but he is hardly forgotten. Local author and veteran sports writer Dan Raley has made sure of that with the release of “The Brandon Roy Story.”

The book not only tracks the ups and downs of the life of a top athlete, but also looks at the rich basketball environment he grew up in as the younger brother of Garfield standout Ed Roy, the son of another Garfield basketball player, Tony Roy, and a childhood friend of Nate Robinson and other future basketball stars who grew up in Seattle.

Raley will be discussing the book at 7 p.m. Friday at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free. 206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com

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