Portland’s All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge Debuts In Orlando
By sarahhecht Posted in: LaMarcusAldridge
It feels like we’ve been waiting for this for a while. Actually, about a year. Ever since LaMarcus Aldridge took massive strides in his career last season and pushed his play to All-Star caliber. Then came the snub.
This year the same mistake wasn’t made. Aldridge's incredible play and his leadership of the Trail Blazers was recognized and he was honored by being named to his first All-Star team. This weekend in Orlando he lived the experience he’d worked so hard for.
It started with the trip which he tweeted about delightedly as he headed to Orlando. (You can see all of the All-Star's tweets by following @aldridge_12
Next came community events with NBA Cares and a morning practice with the West team.
Finally the big night was upon him. Now, the All-Star game is typically dominated by guard shooting and this 152-149 win by the West was no different. Though his minutes on the hardwood were limited to just under ten, Aldridge did his best to make them count. He put up five shots and hit two for a total of four points. Add to that a rebound and an assist and you’ve got a nice first performance as an All-Star.
But All-Star weekend isn’t just about what happens on the court. It’s the meaning of being there and the actions that earned you a coveted place on the roster. Doubtless to say our All-Star soaked in every moment of a weekend he’s tirelessly worked for.
For more photos check out this incredible gallery
of Aldridge’s time on the court, donating his time to NBA cares and just generally being awesome in Orlando.
Lastly, the message boards are alight with discussion on Aldridge’s first All-Star appearance so head over
and say your piece.
Any other cool coverage you saw of LA’s first All-Star appearance? Share in the comments!