Coming as a surprise to no one, the Blazers have officially announced that LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season following hip surgery to repair a labral tear that will take place at some as to be determined date.
Certainly this isn’t outstanding news, nobody wants LaMarcus to follow Brandon Roy and Greg Oden down the injury worm-hole. That being said, LA’s injury doesn’t sound nearly as bad as what we’ve already dealt with RE: Oden/Roy. Hopefully surgery goes well, recovery goes better, and LA is back on the court keeping it at or near 100 to start 2012-13.
Nobody can blame the Blazers now for trying to actually win games. If you feel like you have a chance at the Playoffs, you probably don’t shut down your best player with seven games left to play.
Here’s the team’s press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to repair a labral tear and will miss the remainder of the season, it was announced today by the team.
“In his most recent MRI, and following further evaluation, it’s been determined that LaMarcus has a slight labral tear and will require arthroscopic surgery,” said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. “LaMarcus’ priority is that he’s 100-percent healthy going into training camp this fall and we all feel this is the best course. He’s had an All-Star year and his long-term health is the most important thing to consider.”
Dr. Marc Phillipon will perform the surgery at a date to be determined.
A first-time NBA All-Star this year, Aldridge averaged a team-high 21.7 points to go with 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.93 steals, 0.82 blocks and 36.3 minutes in 55 games (all starts). He shot 51.2 percent from the field and 81.4 percent from the foul line, both career highs.
Aldridge currently ranks eighth among league leaders in scoring, 14th in field goal shooting and 25th in rebounding. He is the only NBA player averaging at least 21 points and eight rebounds while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.
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