LaMarcus Aldridge says he’s back for rest of season
Then, he decided nah.
The Trail Blazers forward delayed surgery, and for one game at least, the decision paid off. He scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Portland’s win over the Wizards on Saturday.
But how long would Aldridge put off the surgery? Was this a short-term motivational move designed to inspire his teammates? Was he waiting for some of his 6-to-8 week recovery period to overlap with the – extended – All-Star break?
Aldridge, via Sam Amick of USA Today:
And great for Portland.
The Trail Blazers are legitimate championship contenders. At 32-13, they’re third in the Western Conference – but also just one game from beginning the playoffs on the road. Having Aldridge healthy for the postseason is most important to Portland’s title hopes, but him helping improve the Trail Blazers playoff position now matters, too.