Brooklyn Nets’ center LaMarcus Aldridge takes it to Twitter to announce his retirement from the game of basketball
LaMarcus Aldridge took it to Twitter around an hour ago to announce his retirement from basketball. The 35-year-old was currently in the 16th season in the NBA. He had joined the Brooklyn Nets, after being released by the San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge played for three teams in his 16-year long career. The 7-time All-Star was drafted in 2006 and made a mark on the Blazers right from his Sophomore season. He made his first All-Star appearance during the 2011-12 season and went to 5 straight All-Star games.
Aldridge signed with the Spurs on a 4 year, $80 million deal in 2015. He went to 3 All-Star games in his 5 seasons in San Antonio. The big man played 5 whole games with the Brooklyn Nets, in which he averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He played his last game against the Los Angeles Lakers, where he recorded 12 points and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes of play.
Why did LaMarcus Aldridge announce his retirement all of a sudden?
LaMarcus Aldridge took it to his Twitter page to announce his retirement. He posted a heartfelt letter, where he elaborated on the reason for his sudden retirement.
Aldridge revealed that he was dealing with an irregular heartbeat in the last game he played. The rhythm got worse later that day, so he told the Nets about the same next day.
Aldridge is better now, but after the diagnosis, both the big man and the team have decided that him stepping back from the game is the best call for him.
LMA thanked the Blazers for giving him 9 wonderful seasons. He followed the same by thanking the Spurs, and finally, he thanked the Nets for allowing him to be who he is, and play his natural game.
— LaMarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) April 15, 2021
Alridge’s out-of-the-blue retirement is just a reminder of how unpredictable life is. Thankfully he got ahead of the situation and came out of the same unscathed.