Damian Lillard had some incredible moments playing alongside LaMarcus Aldridge with the Portland Trail Blazers. Aldridge announced his retirement due to medical reasons earlier today.
Lillard was at ESPN’s Jalen and Jacoby podcast when the news about the veteran center broke out. The superstar guard immediately asked Portland to retire No.12.
“It’s time for the Blazers to retire No. 12. You know, he had an amazing career in a Trail Blazers uniform. I think everybody was expecting him to return, and he ended up leaving, and it was kind of like people felt some type of way about it.
But there’s no denying the kind of career he had in Portland and what he meant to this city, so, I think that’s the proper respect to retire his jersey because of who he was and what he did for this organization,” Lillard said.
Over nine seasons in Portland, Aldridge registered 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the regular season and put up averages of 22.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the Playoffs.
He led the Blazers to the first postseason series win in 14 years in a six-game series vs. the Houston Rockets back in 2014.