LaMarcus Aldridge announces retirement after 15 seasons

LaMarcus Aldridge made a surprising announcement Thursday morning, that he is retiring from the NBA after 15 seasons, citing health concerns.


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Aldridge played his first 9 seasons in Portland with the Blazers, who acquired him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.  Aldridge left Portland for San Antonio in free-agency, then most recently signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

In his announcement, Aldridge made sure to acknowledge his time spent in Rip City.

“I thank Portland for drafting a skinny, Texas kid and giving him a chance.  The city of Portland has given me some unforgettable years.  They will always remain in my heart.”

Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey released a statement through the team on Thursday, saying:

“LaMarcus had a storied NBA career and his time as a Trail Blazer will always be remembered fondly. Any success we experienced during his tenure in Portland would not have been possible without his work ethic, dedication and talent.  

During his nine seasons in Portland, LaMarcus battled through multiple injuries and health concerns but never once allowed them to affect his commitment to his teammates and coaches on the court or the people that benefited from his outreach in the community off the court.  

He will go down as one of the best players in the history of the franchise and while it is sad to see his career cut short, he will always be a member of the Trail Blazer family and we wish him the best in all future endeavors.”

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