LaMarcus Aldridge looking so much like LaMarcus Aldridge

No one in Portland is surprised that the prize of the 2015 free agent haul, the one who couldn’t wait to run the other way, LaMarcus Aldridge, has been average or worse in the Western Conference Playoffs ¬†semi-final series. ¬†It was pretty much the Aldridge playoff familiarity Portland grew used to. When a superlative game…

The Spurs We Know, The Spurs We Don’t Know

Twice this year the Spurs have gotten obsessive attention from the national media. On opening night they beat the Warriors and everyone was hailing the Spurs as a dominant team who can manhandle the pretty Warriors any time they want. Their next media spotlight was just a few day ago when they retired Tim Duncan’s…

LaMarcus Aldridge Filling the Duncan Hole

New Faces: Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon, David Lee, Livio Jean-Charles (R), Dejounte Murray (R) 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 67-15 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 1st:¬†Points (Defense), 3-Point % (Defense),¬†Defensive Rating.¬†2nd: Field Goal %, 3-Point %, Free Throw %, 2-Point % (Defense). ¬†3rd:¬†2-Point %, Assists.¬†¬†4th:¬†Offensive Rating, Field Goal % (Defense).¬†5th: Defensive Rebounding.¬†6th:¬†Blocks.¬†10th:¬†Points. Leading Scorer: Kawhi Leonard, 21.2…

LaMarcus Aldridge, Not Ready For Prime Time?

Discussing LaMarcus Aldridge’s freshman year in San Antonio…. It’s been a week of LaMarcus Aldridge being pretty average after a week of him being very dominant. The best thing you can say is he was inconsistent against the Thunder. But is he overrated as a max player? Is that taking the narrative too far? C.J.…

LaMarcus Aldridge: Size Him Up For the Ring?

Talking all things LaMarcus Aldridge…. Last season, Aldridge averaged 23 and 10. This season he averaged 18 and almost 9, in five less minutes. He had career highs in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and a career low in turnovers. ¬†Does he have to win a ring to validate this year? Brendan Gillespie: No.…

Life Without LaMarcus Aldridge is Looking Pretty Good

The totally revamped Portland Trailblazers are the hottest team not named the Golden State Warriors. They have won 17 games in 49 days. They have lost 4 games in 49 days. That’s a winning percentage of 80%. In that time span, they are 11-3 at home and 6-1 on the road, including an overtime win…

It Just Got Real For LaMarcus Aldridge

The spectacular circus is gone. Whereas LaMarcus Aldridge was once serenaded with glitz and glamour, arriving at one meeting after another meeting, one city after another city, it is quiet now. For the select few, free agency had always been a game of proportion detailing who can offer what and how much. It was also…

Eastern Conference Won the Summer

For several years, the Western Conference has had the depth, talent reservoir, championship pedigree and experienced players, and has been the better conference in the NBA’s two tiered system. The West has won the last two NBA Finals, three out of the last five championships, six out of the last ten with only the Boston…

The Lakers Organizational Disease

At this point, the list is getting longer and longer. The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan to a group¬†that¬†includes Dwight Howard and Carmelo¬†Anthony can no longer be seen as aberrational nor can it be viewed through the lens of a¬†franchise going through a transitional period. Something is very wrong with¬†a Lakers front office…