HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

April 22, 2014 Updates

Asik, however, said defending Aldridge is the top priority and that if he is back on him the plan will be to battle him better before Aldridge catches the ball, rather than after he is going up for his shot. “The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge,” Asik said. “He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more. “I wasn’t able to do much because I wasn’t able to play much. I always try to make it hard on him before he catches the ball, to make him maybe tired before he gets the ball. He is one of the best power forwards in the league. It’s hard to guard him but we will try our best.” Houston Chronicle

After losing on his home court in Game 1, Dwight Howard has a thought as to how the Houston Rockets can turn the tables on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening-round playoff series. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates

Aldridge did indeed break a franchise record Sunday, scoring a career-high 46 points in a 122-120 victory. The old mark actually belonged to Bonzi Wells, who scored 45 points against Dallas in 2003, but Aldridge also joined Drexler, Brandon Roy, Terry Porter and Mychal Thompson as the only Blazers to score 40 or more in a playoff game. “I’ve been a Trail Blazer all my life, and I want to break every record that I can,” Aldridge said. Oregonian

April 20, 2014 Updates

Aldridge had several monster games against Houston this season and averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game against Houston this season. He also committed just four turnovers all season against Houston in 156 minutes of action. "He's a helluva player. He's a tough shot maker, he can shoot over the top," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "We're going to give him some different looks, we're going to do some different things to try to get him off his game. He's one of those guys, that if he's making those tough turnaround fadeaways, it's hard (to stop him)." "He's a tough shot maker, and tough shot-makers, they at times can get you down," McHale added. "We just have to make him take a lot of shots to get his points. Where he's really hurt us is on the boards. He's hammered us with his rebounding. that's a big area for us. We've got to handle the boards." CSN Houston

April 17, 2014 Updates

It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

April 11, 2014 Updates

What happens when "Portlandia" meets the Portland Trail Blazers? As Thursday's Season 4 episode demonstrated, there was plenty of opportunity for humor as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's feminist bookstore owner characters decided to raise the consciousness of the NBA team's Blazer Dancers. Blazer players LaMarcus Aldridge, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard also turned up. Blazers owner Paul Allen even made an appearance, though in a different sketch. Oregonian

March 28, 2014 Updates

In the article Aldridge took exception to, Jaynes’ take was that teams don’t need to double-team a player who relies heavily on shooting turnaround jumpers and he makes the case that teams haven’t double him much the second half of the season. “I heard he said I was going to come back shooting fadeaways and not really help us,” Aldridge said to CSNNW.com. “So I just wanted to try to be more dominant down low. Sometimes when a person calls you out, they can only help you out. So I thank him.” CSNNW.com

“It definitely fueled me tonight,” he said. “I feel like I bring more than fadeaway jumpshots to the team. Just like Kanye West said, everything I’m not makes me everything I am. So when I make a fadeway jumpshot to win the game, nobody is talking about that. But when I miss two or three, then everybody is calling me a guy that fades away from the basket. So it’s give and take.” CSNNW.com

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

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.