The wingman was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome when he was new in 2007 and lost time in 2017 due to an arrhythmia in the heart
The wing-pivot LaMarcus Aldridge surprised everyone and announced on Thursday his retirement from the NBA, a few weeks after signing a contract with the Brooklyn Nets. In an official statement published via Twitter, the player explained that he suffered a heart problem in the last game he played, last Saturday, against Los angeles lakers, in New York, for the regular season. With 15 seasons of NBA experience, Aldridge played for Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs, as well as a short stint in the Nets. He ends his career with seven selections for the All-Star Game and five mentions for the All-NBA Team. “Although I am better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the most frightening things I have ever experienced,” said Aldridge. “With that said, I made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA. For 15 years, I put basketball first and now it’s time to put my health and my family first ”.
The irregular heartbeat that Aldridge experienced last Saturday was not the first time he had dealt with a heart-related health problem. The wingman was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome when he was new in 2007 and lost time in 2017 due to an arrhythmia in the heart. Aldridge, who gave up a significant portion of his salary in the 2020/2121 season in a buyout deal with the Spurs last month, joined the Nets as a free agent in hopes of winning his first champion ring. He only appeared in five games for the New York team before making the decision to retire.
Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement that the franchise fully supports Aldridge’s decision. “While we value what he brought to our team during his short time in Brooklyn, his health and well-being are far more important than the game of basketball,” said the manager. “We know it was not an easy decision for him, but after careful consideration and consultation with several medical experts, he made the best decision for him, his family and his life after basketball.”
— LaMarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12)
* With information from Estadão Content