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LaMarcus Aldridge Sends 70 Children To Blazers/Spurs Game

LaMarcus Aldridge is giving away 70 tickets to local Portland charities for his first game back in the Rose City.

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While LaMarcus Aldridge's return to the the Moda Center will be met with mixed reactions, a charitable move by the former Portland Trail Blazer All-Star is sure to generate some positive vibes.

Aldridge is donating 50 tickets to tonight's game to the Portland area Boys & Girls Club and 20 to the St. Mary's Home for Boys, according to Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.

The beneficiaries will be there to witness Aldridge's first game in Portland in a San Antonio Spurs uniform. Aldridge bought the tickets anonymously, as he has done before, but confirmed the purchase when asked about it at Wednesday's shootaround. According to Jaynes, Aldridge will meet the children prior to the game.

"They don't need any rah-rah speeches," Aldridge said. "But they need to know somebody cares about them."

Aldridge played nine seasons in Portland, averaging 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, and was selected to four All-Star teams. He ranks second all time in Trail Blazers scoring.  He is averaging 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds for San Antonio this season.