Portland Trail Blazers’ President of Basketball Operations has issued a statement regarding the sudden retirement of LaMarcus Aldridge, per Trailblazers.com. Aldridge retired after disclosing an irregular heartbeat.
“LaMarcus had a storied NBA career and his time as a Trail Blazer will always be remembered fondly. Any success we experienced during his tenure in Portland would not have been possible without his work ethic, dedication and talent.
During his nine seasons in Portland, LaMarcus battled through multiple injuries and health concerns but never once allowed them to affect his commitment to his teammates and coaches on the court or the people that benefited from his outreach in the community off the court.
He will go down as one of the best players in the history of the franchise and while it is sad to see his career cut short, he will always be a member of the Trail Blazer family and we wish him the best in all future endeavors.”
Aldridge was a key piece of the Blazers’ squad that moved on to the second round after beating the Houston Rockets in 2014.