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LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge
Position: F-C
Born: 07/19/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.
Salary: $0
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Should the San Antonio Spurs return to the NBA’s mountaintop this season, maximizing the talents of new big man LaMarcus Aldridge and perhaps winning a sixth title since 1999, they may need to come up with an in-house award to honor the man who made it all possible. It’s not Gregg Popovich, or Tim Duncan, or any of the usual suspects from their storied group. It’s Ime Udoka, a 38-year-old Spurs assistant and former Spurs player who was the unsung hero in their pursuit of the former Portland Trail Blazers big man.
via USA Today Sports
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Q: You had two very different situations in Phoenix and San Antonio. Was there any part of you that was worried about Tim’s shadow? Going with the Suns obviously would have been different, with you as the main attraction. LaMarcus Aldridge: : “No, because I’m not trying to be Tim Duncan. I’m not trying to fill his shoes. No one is going to fill his shoes. First of all, he started there and he ended there. I’m not doing that. I didn’t start there. There’s no pressure, because I didn’t start there and I’m not trying to be him. My game is totally different than his.
via USA Today Sports
LaMarcus Aldridge: I never had any issues with it. I think the media blew it up more, like I’m trying to fill his spot and take his role. I was like, ‘No, I’m trying to be me.’ I feel like me being there with Pop in the system with the guys, I should be ok. That was what I was weighing: Go to Phoenix, be the face and the guy, or go to San Antonio and probably win sooner and be more blended in. That was my issue. And I was like, ‘If y’all want me to come here and average 12 or 13 points, that’s not who I am. I like scoring.’ They were like, ‘No, we want you to play in the system, but you scoring is needed here.’ Once I heard that, I was fine.”
via USA Today Sports
But Lillard didn’t have to be sold on the youth movement, Olshey said, though it will likely result in a rare lottery trip for an organization that has made the postseason in five of the past seven seasons. “I think Dame wants to play with guys who want to be in Portland,” Olshey said. “When LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, we went full bore with guys on the same career arc as Damian Lillard. Damian is our best player. … We want to have guys that when we are successful, it can be sustainable. That they’re all going to grow with our best players and that that will become the new core of guys that we’re growing with.”
via Washington Post
Aldridge, 30, chose to chase a ring with the Spurs rather than stick around for the sentimentality of playing for one organization throughout his career. “I think everybody knew it was going to be a close decision. It wasn’t an easy decision for him and it came down to the last minute. I certainly respect him for it because it was difficult,” Stotts said. “Personally, I thanked him for the three years that I was here with him. He had a great career in Portland and earned the right to be a free agent. We’re going to miss him. He’s moved on, we move on.”
via Washington Post