Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 2:50 pm  |  10 responses

Is LaMarcus Aldridge Available? USA Basketball Wants to Know

The folks in charge of the U.S. national hoops program have no idea if they’ll have the services of one LaMarcus Aldridge this summer or not, and it’s getting on their nerves. CSNNW reports: “Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, is scheduled to have right hip surgery on May 10 by specialist, Dr. Marc Philippon, in Vail Colo. to repair a slight labral tear. His recovery time is approximately 2-4 months. Aldridge has said that he intends to try and make it back in time to compete for a roster spot on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London saying, ‘I could easily be back in time, but I’m not going to push my rehab.’ The problem is that the director of USA Basketball says he has yet to be notified from Aldridge’s camp informing him on if he’s officially out or not. ‘In our minds, he’s (Aldridge) on our unavailable list,’ Jerry Colangelo said. ‘We haven’t heard from anybody telling us he’s going to try and play. I got to hear from somebody. An agent, a doctor, somebody. As of now, we’re going in thinking he’s unavailable. … We’re going to go with healthy players,’ Colangelo said. ‘He (Aldridge) hasn’t even had his surgery yet. If he’s going to be back in time and plans on playing, I need to know.’ The United States Olympic Committee issued a June 18 deadline to turn in a 12-man roster, but Colangelo says he requested an extension due to the uncertainty of some of his players and it was approved and extended to July 8. Training camp begins in Las Vegas on July 6.”

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Uggh, I hope not. Never really liked this guys game. I feel as if he is highly overrated. Reason being, most people think he is a top 3 PF… Nope.

  • Cameron

    He’s a top 3 PF who carries the Trailblazers on his back. Without him, the Blazers suck. You’re opinion has no merit to me and I like mine better.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    with him the bazers also sucked so…

  • Best young power forward in the league. He actually cares about winning games and playing hard on both ends of the court, unlike Love whose main priority is to sag off on players to position himself for rebounds and box out his own teammates.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I think he’s a damn good PF, especially when he’s being aggressive. Sometimes he’s too cool out there, but when he has that edge he can score a lot of point in and out of the paint. But I think he should chill and not play and make sure that hip is fully healed.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    lmao at … Lamarcus is dope but IDK how well he can do in international ball. His jumpers can spread the floor tho so that’s something.

  • Bwill32

    he’s the best PF with no post game… I don’t remember the last time he took it down low and didn’t settle for a jumper.

  • Jeremy

    Bosh is better anyways.

  • ponder

    Bosh is a joke LaMarcus has twice the game of him

  • blazer dude

    No post up game? You are smoking crack aldridge can score in the paint and has a beautiful jumper. Haters, aldrige is up and coming! He’s a stud!