It was in late June when LaMarcus Aldridge revealed via a Twitter Q&A with fans that he would be “down to go home” and be part of the Trail Blazers coaching staff.
That was after the 36-year-old unexpectedly retired in April due to health issues that he had dealt with his entire playing career.
"My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat," Aldridge wrote in his retirement announcement. "Later on that night, my rhythm got even worse, which worried me even more… Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced."
Aldridge dealt with heart issues from the jump of his NBA career. During his rookie season, LA experienced shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat in the first quarter of a Blazers-Clippers game. He was taken to a hospital and later diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome. The condition is an electrical abnormality of the heart that can cause dizziness and rapid heartbeat. Aldridge underwent an ablation procedure to correct the ailment at the time and missed the remaining eight games of the 2006–07 season.
But now fast forward more than a month since talking about coaching, and Aldridge is ready to make his return to the court.
The seven-time NBA All-Star has been cleared by his doctors to play basketball again, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Per the report, his most recent team, the Brooklyn Nets, are the odds on favorite to sign him.
But what about a homecoming? Could LA make his way back to Portland?
It’s always fun to think about.
He is Portland's all-time leading rebounder (5,434) and has scored the third-most points (12,562) in franchise history. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game during his nine years with the Blazers.
With the reports this summer via Charania that Aldridge wished he would’ve worked on his relationship with Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard during their time in Portland together, here’s LA’s chance.
Hey, Rip City can dream about the Dame and LaMarcus reunion, right?
Aldridge signed with the Brooklyn Nets last March after he was bought out by the San Antonio Spurs, but less than a month later he was forced to retire.
In his five games with Brooklyn, he averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 boards.
For his career, Aldridge holds averages of 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while being named to the All-NBA Second Team twice, and the Third Team three times over his 15-year career.
Wherever, LA ends up it’ll be nice to see him back!