After 16 productive seasons in the NBA, big man LaMarcus Aldridge called it quits following the 2021-22 season.
It is now time for him to decide on what his second career will be, and he wants it to be a career as a coach in the league.
Someone on Twitter asked him if he would be open to joining Gregg Popovich’s staff on the San Antonio Spurs, and he said yes, via Ball Don’t Lie.
— Ball Don’t Lie (@Balldontlie) September 14, 2023
Aldridge played for three different teams over the years, and the Spurs were home for him from the 2015-16 season until midway through the 2020-21 campaign.
There, he looked to deliver San Antonio a sixth NBA championship, but although they went 67-15 in his first season there, they fell in the second round of the playoffs to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The following year, with Tim Duncan now retired, the Spurs won 61 games and looked like a worthy competitor for the mighty Golden State Warriors, only to lose to them in the Western Conference Finals after Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of Game 1 with an injury.
Prior to coming to San Antonio, Aldridge played for the Portland Trail Blazers, and it was there where the seven-time All-Star made his name.
If he ends up working for Popovich, perhaps he could help No. 1 overall draft pick Victor Wembanyama realize his immense potential.
Aldridge was known for his mid-range game, and his turnaround jumper in the post was a consistent weapon for him.
If Wembanyama ever develops a shot like that, he will be a nightmare for many years to come.
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