Just like Tom Brady, LaMarcus Aldridge retired for good this time, announcing on Friday that he's hanging up the sneakers after 17 seasons in the NBA. San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich, who coached the big man for six years, was asked if he knew about Aldridge's retirement. His answer was perfect.
Via Dalton Johnson:
Gregg Popovich on LaMarcus Aldridge retiring: “Yeah, I knew that because he sent me an invitation to his party so I'd get him a gift.”
I suppose Aldridge is having a party for the end of his career and he sent Coach Pop an invitation. Classic response from the Spurs legend.
Aldridge played some of his best basketball with the Spurs, averaging 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per night. The former Texas Longhorn even made three All-Star appearances during his time with San Antonio. With the franchise heading into a new direction in 2020-21, he eventually reached a buyout agreement with them and signed with the Brooklyn Nets, where Aldridge finished up.
In case you missed it, this was Aldridge's message:
“In the words of TB12, you only get one big, emotional retirement… so, on that note…I’m thankful for all the memories, family and friends I made throughout my career. It was one hell of a ride and I enjoyed every min!” Aldridge wrote on Twitter.
LaMarcus Aldridge also goes down as the franchise leader in rebounds for the Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired him on draft night in 2006 from the Chicago Bulls. The 37-year-old will go down as a legend for several organizations and evidently, is always going to have a strong relationship with Popovich, too.