Nets’ LaMarcus Aldridge Shocks NBA World, Announces Retirement
At his peak, LaMarcus Aldridge was one of the best power forwards of his era.
He grew into a star with the Portland Trail Blazers and alongside Damian Lillard, the Blazers climbed back into the Western Conference picture as a contending team. He then went to the San Antonio Spurs where he again became an All-Star.
After being bought out by the Spurs and signing with the Brooklyn Nets, Aldridge’s time with his new team was cut short.
Earlier today, Aldridge announced that he will be stepping away from the game of basketball after experience yet another heart-related health scare. The 35-year old dealt with heart arrhythmia as a member of the Spurs and it now appears that he will not be able to continue his playing career.
“For 15 years I’ve put basketball first,” Aldridge wrote in a heartfelt Twitter post. “And now, it is time to put my health and family first.”
Aldridge only played five games with the Nets. The seven-time NBA All-Star enjoyed a 15-year career over which he averaged 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He also made the All-NBA team five times through his remarkable career.
“We know this was not an easy decision for him, but after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, he made the best decision for him, his family and for his life after basketball,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement on Thursday.
Known as a consummate professional and one of the better people in the game, we are hopeful that Aldridge will remain healthy and enjoy retirement with his family!