Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee exchanged some trash talk again during the Warriors' Friday night victory in Oakland.
"I think he (Aldridge) was trying to talk to get himself going a little bit because he missed some shots early," Lee told CSNNW.com. "But I'm just happy our team came out on top tonight and I'm looking forward to having three more battles with him this year."
"He took the high road, huh?," Aldridge asked with a smirk. "It's easy to talk that way when you have a good game. But whatever, he said something that lit my fire that got me going and I was like 'Ok, let's go then.' So the next two possessions on offense I was turned-up, then I lost my energy and went to my normal self," he said laughing..
Aldridge finished with seven points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks on three-for-14 shooting in 33 minutes. Lee finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and two steals on 11-for-20 shooting in 36 minutes.
If you look at my numbers around All-Star [time] last year and all the stuff we were doing. LaMarcus Aldridge makes the All-Star team, and I don't. I think if Portland and Golden State's records are reversed, it's probably the opposite way [and I make the All-Star team]. And he's a great player; I'm not talking bad about him at all. But I think all the All-Star appearances, all the respect you want to get, that comes with being on a winning team.
The Warriors are currently 23-12 (No. 5 in the West). The Blazers are 20-16 (No. 8 in the West).
This year, with injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love, both Aldridge and Lee seem like fairly good bets to make it.
As of now, I think the West's All-Star roster will look like this.
Starters (fan vote): Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard
Reserves (coaches vote): LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, James Harden, David Lee, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook.