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May 06

Trail Blazers' Favorite Moments: LaMarcus Aldridge

By sarahhecht
LaMarcus Aldridge’s 2010-2011 Trail Blazers season is one long highlight reel.  

Marcus-to-LaMarcus alley-oops
, Dre-to-LaMarcus alley-oops, anyone/everyone-to-LaMarcus alley-oops, powerful slam dunks and locker room antics all stand out as incredible moments. But most of all, we saw the transformation of a talented player into an All-Star caliber team leader.

With so many impressive moments to choose from, LaMarcus surprised me when he shared his favorite memory of the season. A memory that transcends basketball and looks to the soul of a man.

“Being the first person to get the Maurice Lucas Award,” he said. “That was pretty big. He was a stand up guy and being the first person to get that, that was pretty big for me.”

Assistant Coach Maurice Lucas, fondly known as “The Enforcer,” passed away in October of last year. To honor the Trail Blazer great the organization created the Maurice Lucas Award. The title is bestowed annually on the “Trail Blazers player who best represents the true spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization.”

On the court, Aldridge’s break-out season included career highs in five categories: points, rebounds, assists, free throw percentage and minutes played. His impressive off-court actions included a $20,000 donation to Japan tsunami relief.

The culmination of his activities throughout the season earned him the nod and a donation to the Z Man foundation on his behalf.

"LaMarcus has embodied everything it takes to be a Trail Blazer this season," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller . "I feel Luke would have been proud of the progress LaMarcus has made, and would have wanted him to receive this award," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller.

When I posed the “what was your favorite memory?” question to LaMarcus I expected a basketball memory. Instead, the words he shared gave me a deeper look into him. A look that made me swell with respect and pride.

Typically when we think of professional athletes their athletic prowess is only piece we ponder. We don’t really wonder about the person wearing the jersey. That’s typically. I know Portland is different. In Rip City we value the souls of our players as much as their basketball abilities.

This man, our LaMarcus, is one to be proud of. And his favorite 2010-2011 memory is just one example why.

3 Comments

  1. Nice blog Sarah..LaMarcus had a great career season. Good job LaMarcus

    by Lkiki503 on 5/6/2011 1:21 PM

  2. Miss Sarah:
    Just as you promised, a wonderful blog to a great team player LaMarcus Aldridge, an honest dedicated man and player. He took time out to honor Dre for his remarkable record of games played in a string.

    . He took time out to care for his cancer stricken mom, he donated to the Japan loss and at the same time never said or did any thing bad to all the players he faced or played with.
    In my book he is a true champion and very deserving of the first "Luke award"

    by Hg on 5/6/2011 2:04 PM
  3. I wonder what his best on the court moment would be? The 42 point night against Chicago would be my guess. He was simply unstoppable.

    by DHawes22 on 5/6/2011 2:11 PM
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