Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge played in a charity game organized by Josh Howard in Dallas on Saturday night. The talk from the game was, as you might expect, lockout-focused. Marc Stein of ESPN.com noted Saturday night that Aldridge said he will travel to New York City on Monday to meet with the National Basketball Players Association board and the rest of the league's player reps.
Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com writes...
"We've given a lot," said Portland Trail Blazers star and player rep LaMarcus Aldridge, who grew up in nearby Seagoville before attending the University of Texas. "Both sides have to give now."
Aldridge will be in New York Monday morning along with Jason Terry, the Mavs' player rep who is coaching Howard's team in this charity event being held at the Cobb Athletic Complex in Fair Park.
Sam Amick of SI.com reports that Aldridge and the other player reps will be able to vote on a modified version of the NBA's current proposal on Monday according to NBPA executive director Billy Hunter.
When reached on Saturday night, however, Hunter told SI.com that his intention was to have the player representatives vote on a revised version of the NBA's latest proposal before moving forward.
"We will vote on the NBA's proposal," Hunter wrote in a text message. "The proposal will be presented with some proposed amendments."
Caplan also writes...
A crowd of about 2,000 watched from wooden bleachers as 18 NBA players got together at the old-school P.C. Cobb Complex in Fair Park for a little fun during this frustratingly long lockout.
The Blue Team, headlined by Aldridge, Mavs forward Corey Brewer and Nick Young outscored Howard's White Team that featured Durant and shot-happy Damon Jones, 139-128. No stats were kept at the game, unlike at some of these exhibition games where the scores have reached the 160s.
Here's a highlight reel from the game courtesy of YouTube user HoopMixtape. Nothing from Aldridge, unfortunately, but you can get a taste for the action.
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