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But Aldridge smiled when the grind of, ‘Are you coming to New York?’ queries was mentioned. “You know it is coming when you come here, but really, it wasn’t too bad,” Aldridge told Sporting News. “I didn’t get hit with it too much. It was off and on, but it wasn’t too bad and I’m used to it by now. I am not in free agency so there isn’t much to say.” Aldridge also said he was not really recruited all that much by players employed by teams with cap space this summer—and yes, that includes Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. "Maybe I'm not good enough," Aldridge said with a smile. Sporting News

He was asked about the prospect of being in New York generally, saying, “It’s one of the cities that most guys look forward to coming to. Always a lot going on, fashion capital, so I think guys like coming here.” He was asked about the triangle offense. “I’m a post player,” he said. “So I don’t mind it. I feel like I could play in it and I could do well in it.” Sporting News

That, however, probably was of small comfort to his bosses back in Portland. Aldridge has said his preference is to simply re-sign in Portland, but he’s obviously keeping an open mind. The relative openness of that mind has weighed on the Blazers’ front office all year. “It’s probably being paranoid, I think just about everyone expects him to stay (with the Blazers), but they’re very, very scared to lose him,” one league executive told Sporting News. “They’ve been reluctant to do anything with the roster as it stands because they want to stay in position to bring him back. For smaller markets, you’re always afraid of losing the stars you drafted and groomed.” Sporting News

February 15, 2015 Updates

“Winning and being happy, I think those two [are what I’m looking for],” Aldridge said. “I want to win and I want to love where I’m at. “I want to like the management and feel comfortable that they are going to do the right things to keep winning and I want to spend my time with an organization where I love what they’re doing and where they’re going. “No, [Carmelo hasn’t recruited me], maybe I’m not good enough (laughs). No, I haven’t been around anybody, I’ve been by myself all day so no I haven’t. But we’ll see what happens when I’m here. Basketball Insiders

February 14, 2015 Updates

After initially planning to start Kevin Durant in place of the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, Western Conference coach Steve Kerr called an audible Saturday afternoon and decided to make LaMarcus Aldridge his fifth starter. Aldridge, a Portland Trail Blazers forward, is taking the place of Davis in the starting lineup because of a shoulder sprain that caused the New Orleans Pelicans star to miss his team's last two games before the All-Star break. ESPN.com

And speaking of cold, Aldridge didn’t think the cold weather in New York was an issue that would deter free agents from considering the city as a destination. Instead, Aldridge endorsed New York as a place that other players enjoy going to for All-Star Weekend. “It’s cold everywhere, I don’t think [it’ll scare off free agents],” Aldridge said. “This is one of those things I think most guys look forward to coming to. It’s a fun city, always a lot going on, fashion capital, so I think guys love it here. … I think playing here is awesome. These fans are very loyal and very honest. I think anyone would love playing here. This is the basketball capital. There’s so much history.” Basketball Insiders

Tommy Beer: “I think playing (in New York) is awesome. The fans are very loyal. And they’re honest.” LaMarcus Aldridge (con't) Twitter @TommyBeer

Mike Richman: Sounds like Tim Duncan will start for the west. LaMarcus Aldridge said "I'm not starting, but I can't say" while glancing at TD. Twitter @mikegrich

February 13, 2015 Updates
February 12, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: Steve Kerr tells @NBAonESPNRadio he's still deciding between Kevin Durant or LaMarcus Aldridge to start for injured Anthony Davis. But Kerr says coaching ex-teammate Tim Duncan is what he most looks forward to at ASW and does like idea of making Duncan chase around Melo. Kerr was laughing as he said it but admits messing with Duncan is one of his ASW priorities. As you'll hear in his full @NBAonESPNRadio chat Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

January 29, 2015 Updates

“It’s crazy [Lillard] didn’t get in,” Aldridge told Yahoo Sports via text. “He’s played great for us all season and has been one of the reasons for our success.” Yahoo! Sports

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