Scary news ran rampant through the NBA on Thursday morning with fifteen-year NBA veteran LaMarcus Aldridge announcing his retirement due to health concerns.
In his write-up to fans on social media, Aldridge noted that during his last game, he played with an irregular heart beat. The former Portland Trail Blazer, San Antonio Spur and Brooklyn Net also said that although he had given his life to basketball, it was now time to step down and put his health first.
Aldridge said, "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. The next morning, I told the team what was going on and they were great getting me to the hospital and getting me checked out. Though I'm better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I've experienced. With that being said, 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."
He continued. "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. The city of Portland has given me some unforgettable years. They will always remain in my heart. I want to thank the Spurs for letting me into the family and giving me 5 fun years. Last but not least, 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. 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. - LA"
Jazz players were quick to jump on social media and send their respect and condolences.
Get well soon LaMarcus. We're all rooting for you and your health.
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