Seven-time All-Star NBA LaMarcus Aldridge has resigned from b-ball suddenly after he endured a sporadic heartbeat during the Brooklyn Nets’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, April 10.
The 35-year-old announced his thought over decision via online media, saying:
“My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat. Later on that night, my rhythm got even worse which really worried me even more.”
Speaking about the support he got from his team colleagues to get to the emergency clinic for a health check, the 15-year NBA veteran centre composed:
“Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced. I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA. For 15 years, I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and family first.”
After making an impact at the Portland Trail Blazers, he thanked the team for “drafting a skinny Texas kid and giving him a chance.”
Moving to the San Antonio Spurs in 2015, he said: “I want to thank the Spurs for letting me into the family and giving me 5 fun years.”
“Last but not least,” he said in appreciation of his most recent NBA side, “I want to thank Brooklyn. You wanted me for me. In a game that’s changing so much, you asked me to come and just do what I do which was good to hear. I’m sorry it didn’t get to last long, but I’ve definitely had fun being a part of this special group.”
His statement ended by saying: “You never know when something will come to an end, so make sure you enjoy it every day. I can truly say I did just that.”
Meanwhile, in a proclamation supporting Aldridge’s decision, Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks said:
“We know this was not an easy decision for him, but after careful consideration and consultation with numerous medical experts, he made the best decision for him, his family and for his life after basketball.”
Neil Oshey, general manager of the Trail Blazers, said:
“LaMarcus had a storied NBA career and his time as a Trail Blazer will always be remembered fondly. Any success we experienced during his tenure in Portland would not have been possible without his work ethic, dedication and talent.
During his nine seasons in Portland, LaMarcus battled through multiple injuries and health concerns but never once allowed them to affect his commitment to his teammates and coaches on the court or the people that benefited from his outreach in the community off the court.”
“He will go down as one of the best players in the history of the franchise and while it is sad to see his career cut short, he will always be a member of the Trail Blazer family and we wish him the best in all future endeavors.”
While playing for the Trail Blazers in 2007, Aldridge was determined to have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome – a condition which makes the heart beat strangely fast.
He went through an operation at that point, and another comparative cycle in 2011, which saw him miss brief times of the NBA season. At the San Antonio Spurs in 2017, he was precluded inconclusively following a test that revealed a minor case of arrhythmia.
Shortly afterwards, further examinations and consultations with experts in the field cleared Aldridge to resume basketball activities.