TORONTO – Vindication might be too strong a word, but San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge appreciated his fifth All-Star appearance.
“It means a lot because honestly I didn’t know if I’d get in without the same numbers,” he said.
Aldridge left the Portland Trail Blazers in the offseason and signed a four-year, $84 million contract with the Spurs. This is the sacrifice he made: a drop in his scoring and rebounding averages in exchange for a chance to win a championship.
In 49 games this season, Aldridge is averaging 17 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 50.4% from the field and 83.8% on foul shots. And the Spurs are winning. They are 45-8 and not far behind Golden State’s 48-4.
“It’s about winning,” he said. “We’ve been winning and we’re putting ourselves in a position to be special. That’s what it’s about.”
In his final two seasons with Portland, Aldridge averaged at least 23 points and 10 rebounds, but he is no longer a double-double guy and no longer a regular 20-point scorer. Aldridge still produces and coaches recognized that, voting him in as an All-Star reserve……Read More