Seven-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is retiring from the NBA effective immediately after playing his last game for the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers with an irregular heartbeat, he posted Thursday on social media.
The 35-year-old told the Nets the next day, who helped him get checked out at the hospital.
“Though I’m better now,” Aldridge wrote, “what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced.”
Aldridge had tremendous success during his 15-year NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Nets. He was named All-NBA five times, including two 2nd-Team selections. Overall, he averaged 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and led the Blazers and Spurs to nine playoff appearances. His postseason numbers were even better, putting up 20.8 and 8.5 per contest.
Aldridge is the Blazers’ all-time leading rebounder and is 4th in minutes and 5th in games played. A master of the mid-range jumper, LMA made over 3,500 of them during his regular season career.
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In a statement from Nets general manager Sean Marks, the team was on board with his tough decision.
LMA made over $195 million on the court over his career, signing a five-year, $65 million extension with Portland in 2010 before controversially leaving for San Antonio in free agency in 2015. Aldridge will primarily be remembered as a Blazer who was perennially consistent and made his teammates better.
He agreed to a buyout from the Spurs after the trade deadline after both sides decided it was time for him to explore other options. He ended up playing five games for the star-studded Nets, averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds on 52.1% shooting from the field.