Following a Tuesday afternoon follow, 15-year veteran LaMarcus Aldridge spoke to the media for the primary time since his shock signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
Aldridge, who joined the Nets on Sunday, didn’t want to supply rationale for his free company determination. At 35-years-old, the seven-time All-Star is racing in opposition to Father Time, taking the identical route that different grizzled vets have when their need to win a championship proves inescapable.
Nevertheless, as a participant who turned a full-time starter throughout his rookie season, one has to marvel simply how a lot LMA was prepared to sacrifice with the intention to win a hoop with Brooklyn.
These considerations have been laid to relaxation as Aldridge instructed reporters that his objectives are not about attaining particular person accolades however wins whereas filling “a void.”
“I’m not right here to be an All-Star,” Aldridge mentioned. “That’s not what I’m making an attempt to do. I’m simply making an attempt to carry the worth, attempt to carry the issues I’m good at and making an attempt to assist this crew win. I’m not nervous about being an All-Star anymore.”
Aldridge is becoming a member of a loaded Nets’ crew with three All-Stars of their prime in Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant, in addition to one of the league’s most lethal 3-point specialists in Joe Harris. Add DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Jeff Inexperienced and Nic Claxton to the combo, you may have what’s undeniably one of the gifted and adorned rosters within the league .
The Texas native sees himself as a stretch-five for the Nets, which “opens the ground up” for Brooklyn, says Nets head coach Steve Nash.
Generally known as one of the environment friendly midrange shooters all through his profession, Aldridge has revolutionized his sport to match the league at giant. This season, Aldridge has taken a career-high .302 p.c of his shot makes an attempt from past the arc whereas flattening .360 of his 3-point makes an attempt, which bodes effectively for Brooklyn.
Nash says that LMA could have just a few follow runs earlier than probably getting a possibility to go well with up in a while within the week. Aldridge will even have an opportunity to be a starter, with the beginning middle position having been in-flux all through the season.