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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 11:55 am  |  15 responses

LaMarcus Aldridge Aiming to Become ‘The Man’ in Portland


It seems fairly obvious to everyone that LaMarcus Aldridge is already the proverbial “man” in Rip City (and was that even before Brandon Roy retired), but the star forward feels as though he must start truly proving himself this season. From the Oregonian: “It is how the mind of this 26-year-old works. He uses slights — real or perceived — to motivate himself. It has been an effective tool for the 6-foot-11 Aldridge, who has blended his unique skill set of speed, length and shooting touch with power and determination to become the Blazers’ franchise player and one of the best power forwards in the NBA. But as he embarks on this newest era in Blazers history — one in which the unquestioned best player is no longer named Brandon Roy, Zach Randolph or Rasheed Wallace — Aldridge is far from content. Far from thinking he has made it. ‘I still have to prove a lot of people wrong,’ Aldridge said. ‘I still haven’t been an All-Star. I still haven’t led this team to the second round of the playoffs. People still doubt that I’m a go-to player. This is the first year, starting from Day 1, that I’m ‘The Man,’ so people are writing us off because Brandon retired. There’s a lot that motivates me’ [...] ‘The difference between being The Man and the second option is day and night: You win, they are happy you led. You lose, it’s your fault,’ Aldridge said. ‘Just like (Wednesday) night, I felt that was my fault. I should have made the game-winning shot. But that comes with growing, and it comes with getting better.’”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfN-HzV_AOo&feature=related nbk

    uh oh, he said something that didn’t sound batsh*t crazy, what do we do!

  • shutup

    He has a great shot at being an allstar this year, I like his game just wish the Blazers had better pieces around him, or could keep the good ones healthy, when does a pattern start to get recognized? maybe someone needs to take a good look at this teams medical staff.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I thought he was already the “man” last season?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Should’ve been an allstar last year

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He said this will be his first full season as “the man”

  • shutup

    @max i agree 100%

  • CDaTyrant

    Almost a guaranted all star this year only k.love,zach,dirk n timmy got a shot at him.

  • Matt Park

    He’s going to put up crazy numbers now that BRoy (may he “rest” in peace) can’t provide offense off the bench…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    He deserved all star last season. Very good player, he keeps improving.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    this guy ABSOLUTELY should’ve been an all-star, if 2 rookies hadn’t made history in the west he would’ve been.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Go to work son.

  • http://Slamonline.com Milez Long

    Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol, Dirk, Kevin Love make Lamarcus, despite being a really good player, the odd man out.

  • Dr. DL

    In addition to how good he is already, Lamarcus seems to significantly improve parts of his game every year. Last year, for example, he relied far less on his outside shooting touch and showed a real knack for taking it to the rim either from the post or out of a face-up, and finished over and around any defense. Of course it really sucks that Brandon had to retire, but Lamarcus is more than ready to be the full-time leader of his team. He has more talent around him than a lot of people think, too, with Wes Matthews, Batum, Crash, and now Jamal Crawford in the mix. The Blazers could use some more help up front since Camby is often unable to play heavy minutes. That said, I have faith in Lamarcus’s abilities as a player and a leader. The team needs to add another significant piece or two to make itself a legit contender but I expect them to be competitive in the West from the getgo. Last thing, Lamarcus may not have the inflated numbers of K Love, but he is a flat-out better player in almost every aspect of the game. If I’m building a team I take Aldridge over Pau any day. I really expect an allstar nod this year.

  • dannyb

    Can we get a single new story line please? I think I heard this ten times last year

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    He’s a franchise player. I said that a while ago.

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