Today LaMarcus Aldridge left the Portland Trail Blazers in free agency and committed to sign with the San Antonio Spurs. Behind him he left crushed hopes and a letter to the Blazers fan base, delivered through Oregonian columnist John Canzano in this article.
The text of the missive, as relayed by Canzano:
Dear Rip City, Thank you!
Those two words on a page don't begin to express the gratitude I have for the opportunity the entire Trail Blazers organization, my teammates, the media, and you fans gave me. The past nine years have been a blessing, and I will take all of the valuable memories with me as I head back home.
As I'm sure you can respect, my decision was a very personal one but not one I took lightly. Although I will be wearing a different uniform the next time I come back to Portland, please know that I will always hold my time in a Blazers uniform near and dear to my heart.
Your friend, LA