Former Blazers and Spurs Forward, Lamarcus Aldridge, has just announced earlier today that he is retiring from the National Basketball Association. Aldridge’s decision to retire stems from a diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat.
Aldridge wrote up a very heartfelt letter over his decision to retire and describing just how scary his condition was discovering this irregular heartbeat. Aldridge speaks on how he was always putting basketball first his entire career but now it’s time to put his family and health first.
The worst part in Lamarcus Aldridge retiring besides his health was the fact that he was actually doing good in his new role he had with the Brooklyn Nets. Aldridge was averaging 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists all whilst shooting 52.1% from the field. Aldridge decided to join the Nets upon being bought out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge leaves out on a pretty impressive career: 7x NBA All-Star, 5x All-NBA, and he was on the All Rookie Team in the 2006-2007 season. I’m not sure if Aldridge is a hall of famer. I think him winning this title with the Nets this year would’ve helped solidify his case some more but I can say he’s definitely one of the most underrated bigs from this past decade of hoops.
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