In an ESPN video interview with Chris Broussard, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge said that he not only wants to remain in Portland but that the team has the ability to win a championship.
"I'm here. I love it here. This team is good and we're winning. I've been here my whole career. I'm in the history books here. I don't want to leave. I feel this team is good enough to win it all one day and be there."
The comments continue a string of optimistic takes from Aldridge that have popped up during Portland's strong start to the season.
Earlier this month, Aldridge told Jim Rome that he was "happy" and that he was being "overly emotional" when he was upset with the state of the Blazers at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Did you want out last summer?
It was just me being overly emotional at the time. Nobody wants to lose. I'm in my prime right now. At the time, I was a little emotional about not winning or what not. After I had time to talk to Neil and the team, I knew they were going to make some moves, bring some guys in.
Would you sign an extension?
I'm happy. I'm going to cross that bridge after the season. I'm happy that the team is winning. I feel like we have a great group of guys that plays very unselfish. That whole thing last summer was just about losing so many games in a row and not winning. Now we're winning, and guys are getting better every year and that's great.
Aldridge predicted back in October that the Blazers would make the playoffs as the Western Conference's No. 7 seed.
Back at Media Day, Aldridge said that he was "happy" and that the chatter was "blown out of proportion."
What do you want to see from the team to stay long-term?
"I'm not going to get into all of that. I'm here, I'm happy, I'm looking forward to this season. This team looks really good. We have a better bench, we have [Robin] Lopez, who is a true center. This year should be good for us."
Why frustrated last year?
"It was just frustration because I'm a winner. I want to win. We weren't winning, I was frustrated and things got blown out of proportion. That's it."
A trail of Aldridge's comments from last summer, dating back to the 2013 exit interviews in April, can be found here.
Hat tip on the video: @KrisKoivisto
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