“Forced” to Retire NBA All-Star Reminisces “Terrible Time” With Kevin Durant’s Former Team: “Kyrie (Irving) Was Hurt…”

Published 09/13/2023, 4:05 PM EDT

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During his brief tenure with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2021-22 season, the veteran NBA player left his imprint. Despite declaring his retirement at the age of 38, he maintains the possibility open for a potential return, drawing inspiration from NFL icon Tom Brady. This 7x All-Star recently starred as a guest on a podcast and spoke about his career.

Not only did he talk about his retirement, but he also spoke about his time with the Nets.

7x All-Star talks about his 16-year career


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Former NBA power player LaMarcus Aldridge recently offered his thoughts on his upcoming stay with the Brooklyn Nets in 2021. Aldridge remarked on how simple the game got while playing with such powerful scorers as Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. His tenure with the Brooklyn Nets was brief but significant. In his last NBA season, he averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game. It was a credit to his tenacity and basketball IQ.


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Aldridge’s tenure with the Nets exemplified the team’s offensive potency and flawless synergy among players. His view focuses on the extraordinary synergy that arose when talented players like Durant, Harden, and Irving shared the floor. It truly makes the game feel effortless. He recounted a play in which he would set a pick for Durant, and the gravity of Durant’s offensive brilliance would pull defenders, allowing Aldridge to score easily.

During the “Oddball w/ Amin Elhassan and Charlotte Wilde Podcast” they asked him about his emotions during both his retirements. To which he answered, “First one was definitely more emotional because it was forced. It was a terrible timing. Because I feel like if I would have still been around I could’ve helped that team get past Milwaukee. And you know anything could’ve been possible”.

He further added, “KD just needed a guy just knock down one shot as Kyrie was hurt. So I look back at that and I am just like man that was terrible timing cause that’s what I do, I score. So I definitely feel I could’ve helped in that series but it is what it is.”


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Why did Aldridge have to retire twice?

LaMarcus Aldridge, a former NBA player who played for the league for 16 years, retired from the league twice. He announced his retirement on social media, expressing his appreciation for the memories and experiences over the years. Aldridge, best known for his tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs, retired in April 2021 due to a heart issue but subsequently returned with the Brooklyn Nets. His career featured seven All-Star appearances and five All-NBA selections. He was the second overall pick in the 2006 draft and had a good career in the league.


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LaMarcus Aldridge’s tenure with the Nets has shown his versatility and ability to add value to a championship-caliber squad. Although he is no longer on the court, his influence on the game and future ambitions will be remembered affectionately by fans and the basketball world alike.

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Dhruv Shastry


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Dhruv is an NBA writer at ES with years of playing experience to name. Despite the ankle injury barring him from playing further, he never lost touch with the sport. He loves the swag and the attitude basketball players possess.
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Saumya Khanduja