LaMarcus Aldridge shook the basketball world this Thursday, April 15 by announcing his retirement from the court due to heart problems that afflicted him in his last games with Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old power forward is leaving the NBA after 15 seasons.
“My last game I played while dealing with a heart arrhythmia. Later that night, the pace got worse and that made me worry even more. The next morning, I told the team what was happening and they were very good, they took me to the hospital and had me checked out. Although I am better now, what I felt with my heart that night was one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever had ”.
— LaMarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) April 15, 2021
This was the first part of his statement, explaining the reason for his decision, and then he closed it with the words that nobody wanted to read: “With all this said, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA. For 15 years I have put basketball first, but now is the time to prioritize my health and my family ”.
On March 27, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets and was part of a quintet that promised to go for the title in 2021, along with Durant, Irving, Harden and Griffin. He could only play five games with that organization until announcing his retirement.
Aldridge’s career totals
“LMA” is 2.11 meters tall and was known as the “Poet of painting” for his elegant and aggressive way of attacking the rim. He had good movements in the painted area, despite his height and build.
LaMarcus Aldridge retires, an NBA great
2 times in 2nd best quintet
3 times in 3rd best quintet
A poet in painting, an unstoppable poet
– NBA – Jordi de Mas (@mas6Basket) April 15, 2021
In 2006 he began his NBA history when he was taken as pick 2 in the first round of the draft by the Chicago Bulls. He was later traded to the Portland Trail Blazers by Tyrus Thomas. His college career made it with the University of Texas and his ability on the court made him one of the most desirable figures.
In Portland he played nine seasons and left historical records. He qualified for five Playoffs with that shirt. He then moved on to the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 and began competing at an even higher level.
With Spurs he played four playoffs and could never reach a final. In total he played 9 times in the Playoffs party and averaged 20.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 45 field goals, 33 3-pointers and 82 free throws.
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His record in the NBA:
7-time NBA All-Star Pick (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
2 times All-NBA Second Team (2015, 2018)
3 times All-NBA Third Team (2011, 2014, 2016)
1 time NBA Rookie Top Team (2007)
1 time NBA Player of the Month
10 times NBA Player of the Week
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.