Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
LaMarcus Aldridge: With that being said, I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA. For 15 years, I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and family first. I’m thankful for everything this game has given me: the great memories, including all the ups and the downs, and the friendships I’ve made and will keep with me forever. I thank Portland for drafting a skinny, Texas kid and giving him a chance. The city of Portland has given me some unforgettable years. They will always remain in my heart. I want to thank the Spurs for letting me into the family and giving me 5 fun years. Last but not least, I want to thank Brooklyn. You wanted me for me. In a game that’s changing so much, you asked me to come and just do what I do which was good to hear. I’m sorry it didn’t get to last long, but I’ve definitely had fun being a part of this special group. You never know when something will come to an end, so make sure you enjoy it everyday. I can truly say I did just that.
Taking the cover of Wine Spectator’s May issue, Carmelo Anthony talks candidly on a variety of topics—including the evolution of his passion for wine, his storied basketball career and how he is championing diversity across industries.
On missing the fans, good food and good wine on the road: “The hardest part is the new routine. We’re used to getting to a city, going to a restaurant for dinner. I like to go to other restaurants when I’m on the road in new cities, check out the wine list, check out the food. So I miss that. Now it’s hotel, practice, game. You don’t realize what you’ll miss until it’s gone.”
On sharing his passion for wine with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Paul during a 2015 boat trip: “We had so many conversations about wine. So much was spurred by that trip…I think that was really the start of the wine culture in the NBA. Other guys saw and said, ‘Oh sh*t, I see. It’s cool to drink wine. Look at what they’re doing. They’re having a good time, eating good food, drinking good wine.’”
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts tells #BlazersRadio that TJ Leaf (2-way contract) will be with the team for the rest of the season. Says there won’t be a lot of minutes for Leaf, but “he’s a good guy to have in the pipeline if we need him.” #RipCity
Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, a devout Muslim, has been partaking in the holy month since he was only eight years old. As he prepares to face his former team, the Boston Celtics, on Tuesday, he will do so without food or drinks. Yes, that means water too. “Whenever the Ramadan time comes, it gives me so much mental strength, and it’s like my superpowers come back,” Kanter said.