LaMarcus Aldridge has announced his retirement from professional basketball after he felt discomfort due to a heart condition in the Brooklyn Nets game against Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.
The 35 year old was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in 2007 as a newbie in the NBA but has played in the NBA for 15 years, representing the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets, which he only just joined on March 28th, 2021. Aldridge reported feeling discomfort during the game, and said he felt even worse after the game. He said he has decided to put his health and family before basketball from now, and as a result, he has decided to retire from the sport.
Aldridge is a 7-time All-Star and 5-time All-NBA player who has left indelible marks on the NBA. Damian Lillard has implored the Portland Trail Blazers to retire the number 12 jersey worn by Aldridge during his time there to honour the player.