Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge better after hospitalization for 'deadly' blood virus

Sunday June 3rd, 2012

The Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge was hospitalized last week for a potentially "deadly" blood virus. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge wrote on his blog late Friday that he was hospitalized last week for what turned out to be a "deadly" blood virus. He's doing "much better" now, though. Here's what he wrote:

This past week was a very scary one for me.  On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly became sick and had to be rushed to the hospital. I thought it was a case of bad food or a bad cold, but I was wrong.  It turned out to be a very serious virus that if not treated quickly could actually be deadly! One thing I know for sure is that I’ve never felt worse in my life and there were times I wasn’t really sure where I was going. Thankfully I had a lot of family support and great medical care that helped me fight through it and now I’ve turned the corner and I’m feeling much better.

The Oregonian talked to a team spokesperson, who said the team knew of the incident and had its doctors monitoring the situation.

"LA is on the road to recovery and we are confident that he'll be just fine," the spokesperson told the paper. Aldridge averaged 21.7 points and eight rebounds per game this season. The Blazers finished eight games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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