(CBSNewYork) – Brooklyn Nets striker LaMarcus Aldridge announced on Thursday that he would retire from the NBA following a scare of the last game he played as he had to deal with an irregular heartbeat. Although Aldridge said in a statement that he is currently feeling fine, he explained that after 15 years of putting basketball first, he wants to put his health and family first.
– LaMarcus Aldridge (@ aldridge_12) April 15, 2021
“My last game I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat. After that night, my rhythm got even worse and made me really nervous even more, ”wrote Aldridge. “The next morning I told the team what was going on and they were great to take me to the hospital and get me out.”
“Even though I’m getting better now, what I felt in my heart that night to one of the scariest things I’ve been through. With that said, I made the tough decision to quit NBA. For 15 years, I have put basketball first, and now is the time to put my health and my family first.
The 15-year veteran was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player during his time playing for the Portland Trailblazers and San Antonio Spurs. He joined the Nets at the end of March after agreeing to buy out with Spurs. He played five games for Brooklyn, the last one last Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. During that match, Aldridge said that he had been facing an irregular heartbeat and that he missed each of the team’s last two matches in Minnesota and Philadelphia.
The Nets general manager, Sean Marks, released a statement on the group’s Twitter account saying the organization “fully supports the decision of” LaMarcus “and while we appreciate what he has brought. Back to our short stint in Brooklyn, his health and morale are still far more important than basketball games. “
Statement from our GM Sean Marks regarding the retirement of LaMarcus Aldridge: pic.twitter.com/3WKRJgAmpn
– Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 15, 2021
In total, Aldridge played in 1,029 games during his career averaging 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He has led the Trailblazers career in rebounds (5,434) and defensive rebounds (3,698).