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Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge to miss remainder of season after undergoing shoulder surgery

Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge

San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge underwent an arthroscopic procedure and rotator cuff debridement on his right shoulder and is slated to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the team announced on Monday.

“[I’m] disappointed I won’t get to finish the season with my teammates, but excited that I’ll be fully ready to go next season and beyond,” wrote Aldridge, addressing the fans.

According to the statement, Aldridge underwent the surgery on April 24, more than a month after the NBA season came to a halt on March 11.

Aldridge initially injured his shoulder against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 21. Following a game on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 23, he missed the next six games rehabbing before returning to score 24 points in a Spurs’ win against the Dallas Mavericks on March 10, a day before the season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A seven-time All-Star, Aldridge is expected to be fully cleared for all basketball activities prior to Spurs training camp to start the 2020-21 season

Aldridge had been holding the bulk of the scoring load along with veteran teammate DeMar DeRozan. The 14-year pro put up 18.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and a career-high 1.6 blocks through 53 games this season.

The Spurs were one of the 22 teams invited to take part in the resumption of the season at Walt Disney World on July 31. San Antonio, one of three teams battling for the eighth spot in the West, will have eight regular-season games to get close to the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to force a play-in tournament for the last playoff spot up for grabs.