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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 04/30/2012 8:38 AM

    Great Article:

    Quite Evident in this article, we need to keep Matthews: (click here to read the full Article)

    Quick: LaMarcus Aldridge Discusses Teammates' Discontent

    Jason Quick of The Oregonian got Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge to open up about the discontent his teammates felt during the 2011-2012 season .
    "And to me, (Felton) was like, 'I'm with you.' So the stuff you are saying I should have done, I did. But they are like, 'Oh yeah, oh yeah,' then it was like you say: They go in their little corner and they are like, 'Yeah, whatever.' I don't know what they are saying, but they are probably saying that they told me this, but they are going to do something else. I even challenged 'Mal (Crawford). I was like, 'I know you aren't playing (shooting guard), but just play basketball. You love basketball; just play.'"

    Aldridge said many on the team blew him off and ignored his message because, as the franchise player, he was getting all the playing time he wanted, all the shots he wanted.

    "They wanted comfort from guys who are in misery like them ...," Aldridge said. "I'm going to them and trying to talk to them, but they were blowing me off. They are like, 'What do you know about this?' They had something against (McMillan), and you know how it is when you have a grudge, and there's a guy getting everything he wants? You are not going to listen to him. That's how it was."

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  1. stacksfan2005
    Posts: 363

    Posted 04/30/2012 2:28 PM

    thanks for the story, I'm not so disappointed in aldridge anymore, at least he was getting on the guys. he can't force them to listen, but at least he tried, that's more than can be said for most of the players on the roster.
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