Fear Mounts as Aldridge Shut Down Indefinitely
As the San Antonio Spurs continue to chase the hampered Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the Western Conference, a scary situation has come to the surface down in Texas.
Five-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has been shut down by the Spurs indefinitely due to the re-occurrence of a minor heart arrhythmia, the team announced on Saturday. Aldridge, who was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson-White Syndrome in 2007 has undergone multiple procedures to address these issues was also ruled out for 10-games because of a re-occurrence in 2011 as a member of the Portland Trailblazers.
While the Spurs continue to focus on the task at hand, it is easy to understand why there is growing concerns and fear within the team’s locker room.
“Sure. You just think more seriously,” said Head Coach Gregg Popovich to NBA.com. “Tony (Parker), it’s his back. Dejounte (Murray), it’s his pelvic bone. And then somebody says ‘heart,’ and you start thinking a little more possible long-term stuff.”
The Spurs power forward was in the middle of yet another productive season, averaging 19.1-points and 8.3-rebounds per game, while shooting 48.6% from the field on the year.
“That’s a little scary,” Pop state. “But you don’t go there yet. They are doing some tests. They did some tests today and they are going to continue it on Monday. He is going to see some people on Monday, and based on what they do and see, we’ll know better what we are really looking at. But we don’t know right now.”
The 31-year old has dealt with heart issues his entire life, stating in a 2015 American Express ad that he was born with a heart condition. According to Aldridge, when he came out of the womb, he could not breath and doctors needed to pump his chest until he gained consciousness.
No question a scary situation for the basketball community, not only the Spurs franchise, BallnRoll would like to wish ‘L.A.’ a speedy recovery!