Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge is confident the three-year, $72 million extension he signed Monday will dispel the notion he has been unhappy in San Antonio. “It has to because signing that means both sides wanted it,” Aldridge said Tuesday. “It’s not one-sided. I’m happy to sign it. I feel like they are happy to have me sign it. I feel like everything is great.”
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“I feel like the talks this summer were very constructive and were kind of needed, having a heart to heart where you just say how you feel,” Aldridge said. “And I feel like Pop has been great about the things that I said or kind of needed or wanted, and so far it’s been great. I’m happy to be here,” Aldridge said. “It just worked out for both sides. I feel like this preseason has been great for myself, trying to find my rhythm and be myself. I feel like the offense has had some tweaks to it to where I’m feeling more comfortable and I feel like I am helping the team more. Pop told me he was happy about it. It’s working out for us.”
“(The contract talks) just came out of the blue and kept going,” Aldridge said. “I feel like once it sided, both sides were very interested. I didn’t (study) the market. I just went off how I feel. Pop has been great, and this preseason has made me feel so much more comfortable out there. I have been myself and I feel like I am going to help us win. So, I went off how I felt, in the moment and I did it.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Deal includes partial guarantee in third-year, league sources tell ESPN.
Tom Orsborn: “That would be big,” Danny Green says of LaMarcus Aldridge possible gaining an extension from #Spurs. “It seems right now he’s feeling comfortable, he’s fitting well,” Green said of Aldridge. “He is kind of more at home now, being himself, playing good basketball. He is in good shape right now.
Aldridge has had an up-and-down tenure with the Spurs across his two seasons since signing as a free agent from Portland. San Antonio did discuss trade scenarios with teams centered on Aldridge in this off season, league sources said. At times, Aldridge hasn’t been happy with the franchise, and the franchise hasn’t been happy with him. Nevertheless, Aldridge arrived into training camp in strong shape and with a better relationship with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Both sides understand that the uncertainty of free agency next summer could make an extension a wise option.
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Noah was banished from the Knicks after an altercation with coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice last month. The disagreement stemmed from Noah’s lack of playing time, and it turned physical the day after he logged only five minutes against the Warriors. While no punches were thrown, the Daily News learned that Hornacek was the first to shove Noah before they had to be separated.
“I mean, I don’t really have an agent, so I’m not even sure how people get in touch with me,” he said. He added that Kobe Bryant tried to recruit him to the Los Angeles Lakers once when he was a free agent—he can’t recall the exact year—but he never gave leaving Dallas much thought.
Nor did Mavericks owner Mark Cuban give much thought to dealing him. “One time a decade ago when there was discussions of Kobe being on the trade block, [Dirk] said he would trade himself for Kobe,” Cuban wrote B/R in an email. “I wouldn’t.” But with the Mavericks struggling in recent years, have teams reached out about Nowitzki’s availability? “Of course,” Cuban wrote. “We laugh.”
“Misunderstood,” LaMarcus Aldridge said, “because I don’t think people really understand me.” Fortunately for Aldridge, his current employer no longer falls into that category. “People who don’t understand my personality don’t know how to handle me,” the 12th-year power forward said. “The Spurs have kind of learned who I am as a person and have let me be me. They had Tim (Duncan), who was an introvert, kind of a private person, so now they understand me better.”
“Some people accused me of being stubborn all those years I didn’t change. I didn’t think I was being stubborn. I thought that was the way to do it. Why should I change if I know it’s the right thing to do?” It was right for the Phoenix Suns because he was the right coach at the right time, with a point guard, Steve Nash, ideal to run his style, and frontcourt players, Amar’e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, suited to his small lineups. That could not work in New York when four starters were traded for a post-up player, Carmelo Anthony, to fit into an offense without post-ups, or Los Angeles, where the Lakers were breaking down rapidly.
Destiny can be changed, but sometimes, it knows what it’s doing. For D’Antoni, it even held up a flight to a life and success he could not imagine. “I thought I wanted to do something else outside of basketball,” D’Antoni said. “I didn’t want to spend my whole life in basketball. I would do other things. I was a pretty good student. My mom wanted me to be a doctor so I went to pre-med. But what I do best is coaching. After a while, life just happens. “I just try to be who I am, try to do what I need to do. If I’m doing the best I can do, I can live with whatever happens.”
JJ Redick: Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China.Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. I love & respect our friends in China.