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LaMarcus Aldridge Officially Cleared To Return To NBA Action

LaMarcus Aldridge Officially Cleared To Return To NBA Action

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LaMarcus Aldridge #21 of the Brooklyn Nets is greeted by teammates in the bench after he was pulled in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on April 10, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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LaMarcus Aldridge had a long and successful NBA career seemingly come to an end last season as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.

He just joined the team following a buyout, only to suddenly retire due to an irregular heartbeat.

This was an abrupt end to an elite career and obviously not the way he wanted to go out.

Yet things change and news dropped Thursday signaling an NBA return for the veteran.

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He has reportedly been cleared to return and is expected to be back with the Nets.

Given this clearance, the hope is he can return at his usual level of play and chase his first championship ring at the age of 36.

 

Continuing A Dominant Career

Aldridge is a seven-time All-Star and has made five All-NBA teams.

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The former No. 2 overall pick left the San Antonio Spurs last season and landed on the Nets, ready to chase a title.

His abrupt retirement only added to the list of problems faced by the Nets last season.

But he can now return as a legitimate post threat alongside the team’s Big 3 and can occupy a spot vacated by DeAndre Jordan, who is expected to be bought out.

A post game featuring Aldridge and Blake Griffin in 2021-22 may not sound as threatening as maybe it would have 10 years ago, but the trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving remains the focus.

Aldridge and Griffin just need to provide a bit of extra support.

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Trying To Go Out On Top

Plenty of veterans around the NBA start chasing rings late in their careers.

Aldridge is no different than the slew of veterans who all signed up to play with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

The key takeaway here is that he can now go out on his own terms, given his health status remains the same.

He just turned 36 years old and is obviously nearing retirement as it is, regardless of the health scare he had.

The Nets are title favorites once again and if they do win it all, Aldridge could retire on top, which is something so rare to do in professional sports.



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