Veteran NBA forward LaMarcus Aldridge has announced his retirement from the league after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during the Brooklyn Nets’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.
Aldridge had played just five games with the Nets after being bought out by the San Antonio Spurs to pursue a championship in Brooklyn. He issued this statement after his surprising announcement.
Aldridge had started all five games for the Nets since joining the team. While he was no longer the same player he was during his prime at 35 years old, Aldridge was expected to contribute interior scoring and rebounding for a Nets team with title aspirations.
Aldridge was the No. 2 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Tyrus Thomas in a draft-night deal. Aldridge spent his first nine seasons in Portland, where he made four NBA All-Star teams and helped lead the franchise to five playoff appearances in the Western Conference.