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CJ McCollum Reacts To LaMarcus Aldridge's Retirement News

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge rises up for a jump shot.

DENVER, COLORADO - APRIL 16: Lamarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs puts up a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter during game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The NBA world was left stunned earlier today by the sudden retirement announcement of LaMarcus Aldridge due to a heart condition.

Aldridge had been productive (12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds per contest) in five games for the Brooklyn Nets after being bought out of his deal with the San Antonio Spurs. However, after experiencing an irregular heartbeat in his final appearance, the former No. 2 overall pick decided it would be wiser to step away from the game.

"Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced," Aldridge wrote. "With that being said, I’ve made the difficult decision to retired from the NBA. For 15 years, I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and family first."

Aldridge was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers out of Texas in 2006 and spent the first nine seasons of his career with the franchise. During his final three years in Portland, Aldridge shared the court with guard CJ McCollum.

McCollum expressed his concern for his former teammate on Twitter today, indicating he'd be praying for Aldridge and saluting him on his career and decision.

Aldridge retires from the NBA with career averages of 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He also made seven All-Star Games during his tenure in the league.

We wish him all the best in retirement and hope he remains healthy.