Former Longhorn great LaMarcus Aldridge announces sudden retirement

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Brooklyn Nets’ LaMarcus Aldridge (21) shoots a three-point basket over New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge retired from the NBA on Thursday after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets.

Aldridge, 35, posted a statement on social media saying the heart concern he had during and after Brooklyn’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday was one of the “scariest things” he’s experienced.

Aldridge said he feels better now after getting it checked out but decided to end his 15-year career.

“For 15 years I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and my family first,” Aldridge wrote.

The seven-time All-Star signed with the Nets on March 28 and he had become their starting center. He missed the last two games with what the team had called a non-COVID-19 illness.

Aldridge played at for two seasons at Texas from 2004-2006. In the 2005-2006 season he was first team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the year on a Longhorn team that advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. Aldridge entered the NBA draft after his sophomore season and was selected second overall in the NBA draft by Chicago and then traded to Portland. Aldridge played nine seasons for the Blazers before signing with the San Antonio Spurs where he played from 2015 until earlier this season when he was released and signed with Brooklyn.

Aldridge scored 19951 points and grabbed 8478 rebounds in his NBA career. He averaged more than 20 points per game in seven of his 15 years in the league. In 2013 Aldridge averaged 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds for Portland.

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