On Friday, LaMarcus Aldridge announced his second retirement from the National Basketball Association by citing a well-known player who wore number 12.
Aldridge, a veteran of the National Basketball Association (NBA) who played for 16 years in the league and was selected to the All-Star team seven times, participated in his final season in the NBA (2021–2022) with the Brooklyn Nets. On Friday, he announced on Twitter, referencing aTom Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in his statement. This will be his second retirement since he took a break from the game for the 2020-21 season.
“To paraphrase TB12, you only get one great and emotional retirement… Aldridge wrote, “on that note…I’m glad for all the memories, family, and friends I made over my career.” “It was one heck of a ride, and I thoroughly liked every minute!”
After making five appearances for the Nets in the previous season, Aldridge played 47 games for them in the last season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome — an anomaly that can cause a rapid heartbeat — when he was a rookie in 2007. It was the source of his irregular heartbeat, leading to his retirement after the 2020-21 season. For the second time in their careers
After negotiating a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets and immediately provided his new club with an inside post presence, one of the few things lacking up to that point.
In his career, which began with nine seasons spent in Portland, where he made four All-Star appearances, the player selected second overall in the 2006 draft was consistently regarded as one of the best at his position. He had a scoring average of 19.1 points per game during that time.
After becoming a free agent in 2015 and signing with the Spurs, he earned three more All-Star berths and contributed to San Antonio’s two 60-win seasons and a place in the Western Conference finals in the 2016–17 season.
Aldridge wore the number 12 throughout his career with the Spurs and the Blazers, although he played for the Nets while wearing the number 21 on his jersey.