Lamarcus Aldridge retires

Simon Ulibarri, Staff Writer

Number 12: a number with which Oregon natives are so familiar. Number 12 is a player that brought hope to Rip City after years of a frowned upon “Jail Blazers” era and who played a paramount role in mentoring current NBA superstar Damian Lillard. 

After 15 years and seven All-star appearances, Lamarcus Aldridge (L-A) has decided to hang up his kicks due to an irregular heartbeat he suffered during and after a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Aldridge, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome during his rookie year, has played through this syndrome throughout his entire career and has finally decided to put his health first. 

In a statement posted on his Instagram, Aldridge stated, “For 15 years I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and my family first.”

L-A, who was selected number two overall by the Blazers in the 2006 draft, spent nine seasons in Rose City becoming the Trail Blazers’ all-time rebounder, averaging 19.4 points per game with 8.5 rebounds on 48.5 percent shooting. 

Aldridge’s departure left a sour taste in Blazers fans’ mouths as he decided to go play for his home team’s San Antonio Spurs in pursuit of a Championship, later joining the Brooklyn Nets for the same purpose. Blazers fans will always have a special place in their hearts for L-A, as he truly brought Rip City back together. He is not only an amazing player on the court, but he played a valuable role in the Portland community.