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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