Aldridge was a major contributor for San Antonio for five-plus seasons before he and the franchise reached a buyout agreement last month. Aldridge went on to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, where he played three games before a heart condition caused him to step away from basketball.
During his time with the Spurs, Aldridge averaged nearly 20 points per game and made three All-Star Games. Popovich, his former coach, released a statement on Aldridge tonight, which can be found in full below.
“LaMarcus Aldridge enjoyed a wonderful NBA career,” it reads in part. “He was a consummate professional with a unique skill set and a deep respect for the game.”
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— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 15, 2021
Earlier today, Aldridge said that “it is time to put my health and family first” after dedicating his life to basketball during his 15-year NBA career.
Tonight, the seven-time All-Star released a statement thanking those who had reached out to him and offered support after his sudden retirement.
“Tough day for me but I appreciate all the love…..on social media and people who reached out personally,” he wrote.