SHANGHAI, CHINA - AUGUST 21: (CHINA OUT) American professional basketball player LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers attends NIKE Promotional Event on August 21, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge did not participate in the first day of the team's training camp on Friday afternoon. A team official told Blazersedge that the absence was due to an unknown issue with the completion of his preseason medical physical.
Later, in meeting with the media on Friday afternoon, Blazers coach Nate McMillan said he did not want to comment in detail about Aldridge but appeared to indicate that it was nothing particularly serious.
"I know you have a lot of questions about Brandon [Roy], and Greg [Oden] and LaMarcus and I'm trying to get information about those guys myself," McMillan said. "Until Chad works all the details I really can't say much about that."
McMillan confirmed on Friday that Roy will proceed with a medical retirement. Blazers president Larry Miller announced in a press release that he was "less confident" that Oden will make a return to the court during the 2011-2012 season due to a medical "setback."
Asked if he was concerned about Aldridge in particular, McMillan seemed to indicate he wasn't.
"This is normal," McMillan said. "This is something we do every single year."
"LaMarcus has a physical that he takes every single year and he goes through his testing [on his heart]," McMillan said. "That's what he is doing, he's going through those tests. Until he passes those tests we don't allow him [on the court]."
In April 2007, Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and sat out the balance of the season.
Update: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan told reporters that Aldridge is expected to miss 1-2 weeks after a recurrence of his WFW syndrome. The recurrence was discovered when "abnormalities" appeared on his "stress echo" exam during his annual heart exam.
"LaMarcus was a scare," Buchanan said. "Not going to lie about that."
Buchanan said that doctors told him they were "optimistic" about a procedure they performed on Friday to "eradicade a node" in Aldridge's heart. The procedure performed was similar to the one performed when Aldridge was first diagnosed in 2007.
The Blazers open the 2011-2012 regular season by hosting the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 26, a little more than two weeks away.
This post will update when more details when available.
Update: Here's a press release from the team.
Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge underwent a successful procedure today to evaluate the status of the electrical system in his heart, it was announced today by the team.
He will be sidelined for 5-7 days before he can return to practice.
Aldridge, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in 2007, underwent a similar procedure to correct the problem at the time of diagnosis.
Update: Here's Aldridge first quote on Twitter.
God can fix all things... Thanks for the support everybody. I'm feeling better and will be ready to go in a few days.
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