NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge, 35, retires from basketball due to irregular heartbeat


Aldridge said he played his last NBA game on April 10 against the Lakers while dealing with an irregular heartbeat: "Though I'm better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I've experienced."


I'm thankful for everything this game has given me: the great memories, including all the ups and the downs, and the friendships I've made and will keep with me forever.


I thank Portland for drafting a skinny, Texas kid and giving him a chance.


I want to thank the Spurs for letting me into the family and giving me 5 fun years.


Aldridge was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection over 15 seasons, spending the majority of his time with the Portland Trail Blazers.


He is Portland's all-time leading rebounder (5,434) and has scored the third-most points (12,562) in franchise history.






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