LaMarcus Aldridge done for the season
Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge is out for the remaining seven games of the season and with it, the Trailblzers’ slim hopes for the playoffs.
Aldridge will “undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in order to repair a labral tear,” according to the team’s website.
This provides a not-so-pleasant ending to an otherwise stellar personal season for Aldridge, who performed at an All-Star level this season while averaging 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds, shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line.
The TrailBlazers organization as a whole has had a lot of disruption this year, with the retirement of Brandon Roy before the season started, Greg Oden getting injured and then being released, Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby being traded, and head coach Nate McMillan being fired during the season.
And now this.
“LaMarcus’ priority is that he’s 100-percent healthy going into training camp this fall and we all feel this is the best course,” general manager Chad Buchanan said. “He’s had an All-Star year and his long-term health is the most important thing to consider.”
The surgery usually takes two to four months to recover from, putting him right on track to come back healthy into training camp on time.