When we first heard the news that whispers around the Spurs organization deemed the LaMarcus Aldridge “experiment” a failure, most of us believed it was a false rumor to begin with. Even though we all had our fun with projecting where LaMarcus could land if he was dealt, we all knew deep down that the rumors were probably false. To add to all that, LaMarcus Aldridge says he is happy with the Spurs.
Aldridge denies talk he’s unhappy with Spurs –Just two days ago, the San Antonio Express-News’ Jabari Young reported that San Antono Spurs star forward LaMarcus Aldridge was growing unhappy with his role on the team. According to Young’s report, Aldridge signed with the Spurs in part so he could be the face of the franchise, but the emergence of Kawhi Leonard as the team’s star had rubbed Aldridge the wrong way. Yesterday, Aldridge went on the “Jim Rome Show” (you can listen to the interview here) and tried to clear the air. Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News transcribed what Aldridge had to say: (Tom Orsborn)
“Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge scoffed at reports detailing how the club is open to trading him, telling a national radio show Thursday he’s happy in San Antonio.
“For sure, I am,” Aldridge told The Jim Rome Show. “We made history last year (winning a franchise-record 67 games). They incorporated me into the family and tried to make me one of the big pieces. I’m from Texas. I see my family. I’m winning. Of course, I’m happy.
“That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me.”
Aldridge said he hasn’t heard anything from club officials, including coach Gregg Popovich, that would indicate they are shopping him around.
“I talk to Pop daily and he’s always telling me I’m doing great,” Aldridge said. “…He’s put me in position to be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren’t saying bad things- and they aren’t – than I am fine.”
Aldridge stressed that he’s more comfortable in his second season with the club after averaging 18 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season en route to his fifth All-Star appearance.
“Things are a lot more comfortable,” said Aldridge, who joined the Spurs in free agency in the summer of 2015 after nine seasons with Portland. “I’m not as lost out there. I’m more confident in what’s going on and what my role is and how things go on here. Last year, I was more in the dark…a little lost at first.”