HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

March 28, 2014 Updates
March 27, 2014 Updates

LaMarcus Aldridge will play when the Trail Blazers play the Atlanta Hawks, he said Thursday after the team's shootaround at Philips Arena. “I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.” Aldridge has not played since suffering a nasty fall at San Antonio on March 12. After losing that game, the Blazers lost four of their next seven, including all three to start the five-game road trip they are on. Oregonian

March 26, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, he left the team hotel so early he didn’t eat. In the middle of his workout, his hunger had become a distraction, and when he discovered none of the restaurants in the concourse had opened, he was directed to the media meal. After eating, he returned to the court for more shooting. More testing. More feeling out what he could and couldn’t do. “Feeling better,’’ Aldridge declared after the game. “I’ve worked out the last few days and I’m going to practice (Wednesday), do whatever I can do. Then I’m looking to play versus Atlanta if everything goes well tomorrow.’’ Oregonian

Aldridge on Tuesday said it will be different this time coming back from his injury. His two workouts Tuesday -- the one before the meal and the one after -- marked the third and fourth extended workouts, each around an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, he said. “I’ve had more time this time to workout,’’ Aldridge said. “Last time I went from nothing to full speed to playing. This time it’s more of a transition period of: ‘Let’s see you run; let’s see you shoot.’ So I’ve worked out the last three, four days. More stationary shooting and minimal movement, but I’ve had more time to find my rhythm. Last time, I went from sitting on my couch and I couldn’t move, to playing.’’ Oregonian

March 25, 2014 Updates
March 24, 2014 Updates
March 23, 2014 Updates

The Trail Blazers will play one more game without LaMarcus Aldridge. At least. The All-Star power forward has been ruled for the Blazers’ Monday night matchup against the Miami Heat with a back contusion, guaranteeing he will miss his sixth consecutive game with the lingering ailment. Coach Terry Stotts refused to reveal further details — whether or not Aldridge practiced, whether he’s making progress, etc. — as has become the norm, so it’s unclear when Aldridge will return. On Saturday, before the Blazers were steamrolled by the Charlotte Bobcats, Aldridge went through extended shooting drills following the team’s morning shootaround. Oregonian

March 21, 2014 Updates

Stotts said Aldridge will join the Blazers on the road trip but refused to give a progress report. Said Matthews: "He looks better every day. It's between him and the staff and his body when he comes back. We're hoping for a recovery, but we want him healthy and 100 percent." Portland Tribune

March 17, 2014 Updates

After yet another gut wrenching loss on Sunday night, the Blazers got after it in practice Monday. However, one thing stayed the same at Blazers practice. LaMarcus Aldridge's return doesn't seem likely to happen during this homestand. The update on Aldridge from Blazers coach Terry Stotts is that he will be out for Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee and is "probably doubtful" for Thursday against the Washington Wizards. He's been working with Blazer Director of Player Health Chris Stackpole and his staff. Stotts added that Aldridge did not participate in any of the Blazers practice and that they would like to have him back "as soon as he is ready." Columbian

Mike Tokito: According to #Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge is not practicing today. He will not be available to media. Twitter @mtokito

March 13, 2014 Updates

Chris Haynes: MRI confirms a low back contusion for #Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge. He's expected to miss next two games and will be reevaluated next week. Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was carried off the court after sustaining a back injury early in the third quarter of Portland’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. The team announced that Aldridge sustained a back contusion and that he would not return to the game. Aldridge was driving the basket when he ran into Spurs center Aron Baynes and landed on his back. The Portland All-Star lay on the floor for several minutes holding his right leg before being helped off the court. Basketball Insiders

Aldridge did not speak to reporters after the game, but X-rays taken at the arena were negative and he was diagnosed with a back contusion. His status moving forward is unknown, but considering the serious nature of the fall it would seem unlikely Aldridge would be ready to play in the Blazers’ next game, Friday at the New Orleans Pelicans. “Injuries are a part of the game, but you never want to see any of your guys go down,” Dorell Wright said. “Especially one of the guys that is a key to your team. I just pray that he’s fine and has a speedy recovery. We’re a brotherhood in here, we’re a team, and you never want to see your guys go down. We’re just hoping it’s not too serious and whatever it is, he bounces back quickly.” Oregonian

March 9, 2014 Updates
February 23, 2014 Updates

“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

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