Some sad news broke this morning in the NBA. Brooklyn Nets power forward LaMarcus Aldridge suddenly announced his retirement from the NBA. Why? Aldridge revealed that the last game he played (April 10th), he was experiencing an irregular heartbeat. A dominant career cut short. Aldridge had himself one hell of a career. It’s sad to see him go, but it is completely understandable why. Your health always comes first before your career, no matter what your career is. The NBA will miss Aldridge.
Retirement announcements are always emotional for athletes. LaMarcus Aldridge’s announcement is nothing short of that. Even though it was on Twitter, the emotion is felt. The fact that Aldridge’s heart rhythm got worse is absolutely terrifying. Aldridge had a dominant 15 year career, and it is sad that he is going out due to a health scare. Again though, he’s choosing his health over his career, which is always the right choice.
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 15, 2021
@aldridge_12, the realist I've ever met. We played together 1 season, and you would think we've known each other for decades. Your " star" stature never changed you. You never looked at yourself like that, you were just "LA". I always loved that about you. My brother for life. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/UKTZyDNKNw
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 15, 2021
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) April 15, 2021
After the shocking announcement, tributes started to pour on to Twitter. NBA players, fans and personel all know the impact Aldridge brought to whatever he team he played for. Jamal Crawford only played one season with Aldridge and it was an impactful season for the both of them. They both became close with one another off of a season and that shows what kind of person Aldridge is. Not a player, but a person.
LaMarcus Aldridge is one of only 25 players in NBA history with 19,000+ career points and 8,000+ career rebounds.
A 7x All-Star and 5x All-NBA.
Hell of a career. pic.twitter.com/CLqqVFVNn2
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 15, 2021
Dominant. That’s one of many words NBA fans and analysts should use when describing LaMarcus Aldridge’s career. He played for three teams, the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets. After his rookie season in 2006-2007, he made the NBA All-Rookie First team. This was the only season he averaged under double digit points. As it says above, he’s one of 25 players to end his career with over 19.000 points and 8,000 rebounds. He is also Portland’s all-time rebound leader and a seven time all-star and five time all-NBA player. His final stat numbers are, 19,951 points, 8,479 rebounds, 2,034 assists, 1,140 blocks and 744 steals.
Hell of a career. LaMarucs Aldridge was dominant his entire career. He was be missed by many. The NBA especially will miss him. Is he a Hall of Famer? Yes. Yes he is. Thank you LaMarcus Aldridge for the past 15 years, they were unforgettable.
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