HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

March 9, 2014 Updates
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“When you work so much at things, you start to expect results,” he said. “When I take those shots, I expect to make them. I’m confident. It’s not always necessary to yell and scream about everything. Sometimes it’s necessary, but if I didn’t do it I didn’t feel like it was necessary.” He is just 23 and still fresh enough in the NBA to become the first player ever who qualified and participated in all five All-Star events last weekend in New Orleans. “It’s amazing. I see his growth every year,” Blazers teammate LaMarcus Aldridge said. “He has gotten better every year.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

He earned Rookie of the Year honors last season, played alongside Aldridge in his first All-Star Game last Sunday and has helped lead the Blazers into contention for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 36-18 record entering this weekend. It looks like it has all come so easy … “I can’t say I expected it,” Lillard said. “It’s tough. You work so hard and you expect to be successful, but things don’t happen this fast. I mean, Rookie of the Year, All-Star team, my team is playing great. You’ve got to be thankful for it. I’m blessed to be in this position.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 20, 2014 Updates

Medicinal marijuana should be permissible for professional athletes — it’s relatively easy to make the case for legal recreational usage, too — but it’s obviously not like the ban on weed really serves as a be-all, end-all deterrent. LaMarcus Aldridge of the Blazers appeared on Jim Rome’s Showtime program last week, and Rome tried to bait the Blazers forward into a bloggable soundbite by asking what percentage of NBA players would fail a drug test if they were surprised with it tomorrow morning. “Zero percent,” Aldridge quipped. The Big Lead

February 19, 2014 Updates

With LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined with a left groin strain, the Portland Trail Blazers will start Dorell Wright in his place tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Inserting Wright into the starting lineup will force the Trail Blazers to play small ball, a lineup Terry Stotts has used some this season. CSNNW.com

"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge was diagnosed with a strained left groin on Tuesday and is expected to be out a week. Aldridge ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring and rebounding and has recorded 33 double-doubles this season. Wednesday night's game will mark the first time this season the Blazers will start with a lineup different from their standard of Lillard, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge and Lopez. The 53-game streak of a single starting lineup was by far the longest in the NBA. Oregonian

February 18, 2014 Updates
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“He wasn’t happy with the fact that we didn’t make the playoffs and we lost 13 in a row, and nobody was,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He is a competitor and wanted to be part of a winning environment. That was his only thing. If you go back, anytime he was quoted, that is what he said. A lot of it is speculation and there were never any comments from him about being traded. He just—the season ended with a 13-game losing streak, and no one is going to feel good about that.” Sporting News

Portland was remarkably one of four NBA teams to have more than one player participating in Sunday’s main event. In order for that to occur, that team has to be winning ball games. When you’re winning, players want to follow. And according to Aldridge, a couple of All-Star players that shall remain anonymous have approached him, telling him that they would like to play with himself and Damian Lillard in Portland. “Definitely a few guys have told me that this weekend,” Aldridge informed CSNNW.com. CSNNW.com

Despite their limited roles, both Aldridge and Lillard were in good spirits after the game and expressed no ill will towards Brooks. "It was fun," Aldridge said. "I definitely had my opportunity to score. I didn't make many shots. I think I played more minutes. How many did I play? 14 minutes? That's an All-Star Game high for me. It was fun. The whole weekend was fun, I had fun with the activities and the things for the fans. A good weekend." Blazers Edge

February 16, 2014 Updates

On Saturday, only two All-Stars other than Paul took time out of their busy schedules to attend the meeting and learn something about finalists David White of the Screen Actors Guild and New York corporate lawyer Michele Roberts: Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers. Props to them for caring. Already, we're hearing from prominent player agents who are dissatisfied with the union's process for vetting and evaluating candidates. But it's the same old thing when it comes to that: How can agents be dissatisfied with the process when their clients don't care enough to participate in it? Perhaps they don't realize that all the problems that were found with Hunter's tenure might have been avoided if the players had paid a little more attention to what was happening right under their noses. CBSSports.com

February 15, 2014 Updates

But the position is opening up to include more athletic players such as Griffin and Davis, and players who can shoot three-pointers, such as Love. Aldridge – who earlier in his career could run baseline-to-baseline fast enough that former teammate Zach Randolph used to call him “Deer” – has settled into a Duncan-Garnett mode, but said he believes that he will add three-point shooting to his regular arsenal at some point. “As I keep getting older, I’m going to add the three ball,” he said. “But I’m not in any rush right now. I’m still kind of young. As I get slower and older, I’m going to shoot more threes.” Oregonian

February 14, 2014 Updates

His Blazers teammates say they’ve seen a different side of Aldridge this season. He’s more apt to strike up a conversation, rather than merely participate in one. He’s more likely to hang around the practice facility with the team to eat lunch and talk. Aldridge, who has always been eager to tell a joke and crack a smile, was never a bad teammate. But he’s more engaged this season. More determined to lead. More willing to trust. Oregonian

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