The Brooklyn Nets recently got LaMarcus Aldridge back after a lengthy absence due to COVID-19. Despite being cleared to return to action and even featuring in a pair of games for the Nets this past week, Aldridge revealed a pretty worrying tidbit. The veteran big-man admitted that he's still suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, despite being back in action for the Nets. According to Brian Lewis of the NY Post, Aldridge said that he's still struggling with conditioning after his bout with the virus, stating that he's “trying to feel normal again.”
LaMarcus Aldridge had headaches, body aches, fatigue when he had COVID. He's cleared now, but adds "you don't go back to feeling normal….So I'm still trying to get my legs back, get my wind back, and just feel normal again.” #Nets #NBA
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) January 5, 2022
As Lewis reports, while still affected by COVID-19, Aldridge was dealing with frequent headaches, body aches, and constant fatigue. Despite being cleared to return to game action, Aldridge attests that he's still trying to get his “legs back” and his “wind back.”
While Aldridge is apparently not back to 100% from his bout with coronavirus, that didn't seem to have a major impact on the minutes he logged in his previous two games. He sat out Monday night's game against the Grizzlies, but was active against the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers, logging 27 minutes and 20 minutes, respectively. The Nets will be hoping to get a similar number of minutes out of the 36-year-old on Wednesday night.
Last year, Aldridge retired from the NBA after experiencing an irregular heartbeat. Aldridge has played his entire NBA career with Wolff-Parkinson White disease, which causes a rapid heartbeat, but the sensation he experienced prior to his retirement was unlike any he'd felt before. He was cleared to return to the NBA this season and re-signed with the Nets on a one-year deal.