Jan. 6, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 102-77. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Apparently, LaMarcus Aldridge is changing his story, again.
Earlier this summer it was reported that the 28-year old power forward wanted out of Portland. Here’ what was reported, courtesy of Pro Basketball Talk:
“Not that I believe general manager Neil Olshey is looking to move the star power forward. But I believe Aldridge wants out…
“See, Aldridge wants to end his seven-year run with the Blazers because he thinks Portland is too small. Too boring.”
Of course, shortly after, Aldridge went on record to deny those reports. However, he recently talked with Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
“I wasn’t ready to make a move yet,” Aldridge told Spears. “I was just frustrated in the moment. I haven’t given Neil (Olshey) a chance yet.”
He states that he hasn’t given Neil Olshey (Portland’s GM who just finished up his second summer with the club) a “chance” yet. What does that mean? A “chance” to what?
I don’t buy what Aldridge is trying to say — mostly because I just think it’s a coverup. The report in early summer was that “he thinks Portland is too small, too boring”. Did Olshey also expand Portland itself as well? If so, bravo.
Yes, I know, Olshey did good with this offseason’s additions of Mo Williams, Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson and C.J. McCollum does good. But none of those players change the Trail Blazers significantly. They’ll still be lucky if they sneak into the playoffs.
There’s something real fishy about this story and Aldridge’s two statements just don’t add up.
So, go ahead, talk about how Aldridge is heading into the new season with a new attitude. I’m not writing it, I’m not buying it.