The San Antonio Spurs announced that forward LaMarcus Aldridge is out indefinitely, after they discovered an occurrence of a heart arrhythmia. They intend to conduct more tests before deciding on a plan of action.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be out for an indefinite period due to an occurrence of a minor heart arrhythmia. pic.twitter.com/s0D2Enc6RO— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 11, 2017
Long-time Portland Trail Blazers fans will note the familiarity of this announcement. Aldridge was also shut down in 2007 due to a heart arrhythmia. It was diagnosed as Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, and he underwent a catheter ablation procedure to resolve it.
He had a recurrence in 2011 (on the day known to Blazer fans as Black Friday), and doctors performed the same procedure again. In each previous incident, Aldridge was back on his feet quickly. Despite having the procedure on December 9, 2011, he played in the Blazers’ lockout-delayed season opener on December 26.
The Spurs have not yet announced any official diagnosis for his current arrhythmia.