Back in late January, LaMarcus Aldridge injured his thumb and needed surgery, something that would sideline him at least eight weeks. Aldridge considered his thumb pain, considered where the Trail Blazers were (they were a dark horse title contender until Wesley Matthews tore his Achilles) and decided to play through it.
Now that the Blazers’ season was over (they were eliminated in the first round by Memphis) it was time for the surgery, which Aldridge had Monday, the team announced. From the official press release:
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent successful surgery today to repair the injured radial collateral ligament of his left thumb. Dr. Thomas J. Graham performed the procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Aldridge is expected to be out eight weeks, which would have him back in time for training camp.
This is in no way going to slow the free agent recruitment of Aldridge.
He is one of the handful of best power forwards in the game and will get a max offer from Portland, but can also expect calls from the Spurs, Mavericks, Knicks, Lakers and others. There are rumors he might consider a return to his native Texas — if Gregg Popovich calls and says, “How would you like to play for me, next to Kawhi Leonard and contend for four years?” you have to listen.
Does Aldridge want to go down as one of the great Blazers of all time, someone loyal to the franchise, or does he think his best shot at a ring is elsewhere? The only thing we know for sure is that this surgery will not impact that decision.
Dorian Finney-Smith slams putback dunk on two Timberwolves (video)
The woman who accused Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2017 has officially dropped her lawsuit against the NBA coach, TMZ Sports has learned.
Unclear if Walton and Tennant struck a settlement — but it’s not uncommon in situations like this.
We might eventually learn details of a settlement. But with Tennant not cooperating with the NBA investigation and now dropping her lawsuit, Walton will likely get to continue his coaching career without this hanging over him.
It’s often difficult for victims of sexual abuse to prove the crime occurred. Likewise, it’s often difficult for wrongfully accused people to prove their innocence. Tennant’s main allegation occurred in a hotel room with only she and Walton present.
Hopefully, justice prevailed here.
Blake Griffin inadvertently hits referee in face (video)
But Griffin saved his most devastating work for referee Scott Twardoski.
Griffin extended his arm and whacked Twardoski in the face, flooring the official. Play stopped for Twardoski to recover. The replay doesn’t do the contact justice. Twardoski was moving quickly up the floor when he ran straight into Griffin’s hand.
At least it wasn’t as bad as this legendary Carlos Boozer moment:
Out of game, shoeless LeBron James waves towel on court near play (video)
LeBron James wasn’t about that NBA-rulebook life last night.
Not only did he get away with a comically blatant travel, he – ostensibly out of the game – later wandered onto the court during play. He got pretty close to the action, waving his towel in celebration of consecutive Kyle Kuzma blocks.
And LeBron was wearing only socks on his feet. He had already given his shoes away to young fans – with 4:20 left! Sure, the Lakers were up 19 on the Jazz, but that’s a lot of time remaining. What a kind and totally disrespectful gesture, a real do-it-all move.