LaMarcus Aldridge’s Newfound Focus

by January 21, 2009
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Inspired by LeBron’s improved defense, Aldridge is paying extra attention to both ends of the court: “Aldridge, 23, has yet to dominate on both ends and has yet to make an All-Star team. But he is starting to change from an average defender to a good defender, while maintaining his reputation as one of the most gifted and versatile young big men in the league. This season, he is tied with Joel Przybilla for the team lead in blocked shots (42) and is tied with Brandon Roy for second on the team in steals (39). And during stretches when the Blazers have lost starters Roy and Steve Blake to injuries, Aldridge has emerged as the team’s anchor, averaging 18.6 points in December and 19.2 points through January’s first nine games.”