35 year-old NBA veteran power forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, announced his retirement on Thursday morning, April 15. The 15-year vet announced on Twitter at 9:45 a.m. CT that he had been dealing with an irregular heartbeat in the Brooklyn Nets’ last game, which got worse as the night went on.
“I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA. For 15 years, I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and family first.”
Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2006 with the 2nd overall pick, Aldridge was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. Aldridge played for three teams in his successful NBA career, averaging 19.4 PPG and 8.2 RPG throughout his 15 years with the Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and short stint with the Brooklyn Nets.
Aldridge boasts five All-NBA team awards in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018, along with the 2006-07 NBA All-Rookie first team award.
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