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Shams Charania: Seven-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to play again, passing all of the necessary tests, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The Nets are leaders to sign Aldridge, sources said.
The Jump: Status of his health: “I’m doing good. I’m just going through testing everyday just to make sure everything is okay” —@LaMarcus Aldridge #NBAPlayoffs #NBATwitter #TheJump
The Jump: Difficulty of having to retire midseason? “It’s still hard. It’s tough. At some point in your career, you have to pick your health and family first” —@LaMarcus Aldridge #NBAPlayoffs #NBATwitter #TheJump
Melissa Rohlin: Aldridge said he initially was not confident he’d be cleared: “I started off the opposite,” he said.
Paul Garcia: “It felt good to be back out there,” said LaMarcus Aldridge. Said he was disappointed the team didn’t get the win though.
Paul Garcia: “I know my body well and I’ve been through this before,” said Aldridge of the heart arrhythmia. Said he quickly notified SA staff.
Lamarcus Aldridge: Thank you to everyone for the prayers and support. Y’all helped me through a difficult time and for that I’m very grateful.
Tom Orsborn: Pop on LA: “The doctors feel that he is fine in the sense that we are not putting him in danger or anything like that.” #Spurs
Tom Orsborn: BREAKING: #Spurs have announced Aldridge has been cleared to resume all basketball-related activities. He is available to play tonight.
Aldridge began feeling symptoms again during Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma City, coach Gregg Popovich said. Though Aldridge’s latest incident is suspected to be related to those previous episodes, Spurs officials said it was too early to know for sure. Aldridge is expected to undergo further testing Monday. “Based on what they do and see, we’ll know better what we are really looking at,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “But we don’t know right now.”
LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out indefinitely after an occurrence of a minor heart arrhythmia, the team announced. The news stunned Aldridge’s teammates, who were already preparing to face the Warriors without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard, who is unavailable until he completes the NBA’s concussion protocol. “It’s a sensitive issue,” Ginobili said of Aldridge’s condition. “We want to make sure he is fine, so they are running some tests. The most important thing is to have him healthy. We will wait as long as necessary to make sure.”
Michael C. Wright: Not a ton of details on LaMarcus. But a source said there was an “occurrence or episode” and that his “health and safety” are No. 1 concern.
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs release states “all parties have concluded at the current time it is best for Aldridge to refrain from play until further tests.”
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September 17, 2021 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
After securing the arrival of Mario Hezonja, Russian team UNICS Kazan will announce soon the signing of former NBA guard OJ Mayo.
UNICS Kazan is adding one more marquee name to its roster with O.J.Mayo having a one-year deal with the Russian club. While there’s no signed contract yet, that seems to be more a formality delayed by bureaucratic reasons.
Chris Grenham: Former Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin tells me he worked out with Celtics this week. There is no training camp agreement between Boston and Goodwin yet, but there is interest from both sides. Goodwin played in 47 games with Atlanta last year, averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 assists.
Ramona Shelburne: For those who like fun real estate details. The Sterlings still own the Clippers current practice facility in Playa Vista. Ballmer said he has an option to buy it in 2024, but he’s not sure yet what he’ll do because their new complex in Inglewood is scheduled to open same year.
The Austin Spurs today announced that the team has named Petar Božić head coach, making him the eighth head coach in franchise history. In addition, David Pilipovich, Nick Saenz and Jesse Childs have been named assistant coaches on his staff, joining Kenny Trevino who enters his second season as an assistant.
September 17, 2021 | 2:45 pm EDT Update
What’s the message the veterans are giving you about the last two years? Rick Carlisle: They were disappointed with how things have gone. We’ve got to work at developing a style of play so we can maximize what we have here. Exactly what that means as far as number of wins or the playoffs, I don’t know. I’m reluctant to get into that kind of stuff, because sometimes you can set goals that are too low.