Damian Lillard had warm words of support for his former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge on the occasion of the 37-year-old power forward’s retirement from the NBA.
Well done big fella. https://t.co/VMeZnPPw4Y
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) March 31, 2023
The high-scoring guard from the Portland Trail Blazers tweeted out his appreciation for Aldridge with a simple statement. “Well done big fella,” was the tweet Lillard sent out after Aldridge made his official statement.
Aldridge made note of Tom Brady’s recent retirement statement when he let NBA players, coaches and fans know that his playing days were over.
“In the words of TB12, you only get one big, emotional retirement… so, on that note…I’m thankful for all the memories, family and friends I made throughout my career. It was one hell of a ride and I enjoyed every min!”
Aldridge played 16 years in the NBA and the first 9 of them were with the Blazers. He is a 7-time All-Star and he averaged 21 points or better for 5 consecutive seasons with Portland beginning in 2010-11.
Aldridge was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He was actually selected by the Chicago Bulls, but he was traded on Draft Day to the Blazers in a one-sided deal that worked out well for Portland.
In addition to playing for the Blazers, Aldridge also played for the San Antonio Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets.
Aldridge was forced to stop playing in the 2020-21 season because of an irregular heartbeat. Once he was cleared to play, he rejoined the Nets on a 1-year deal.
Damian Lillard played with Aldridge for 3 seasons before the power forward was traded to the Spurs. Lillard and Aldridge played against each other for the next 8 seasons.
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