Earlier this week, the NBA world was abuzz with rumors that forward LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs were unhappy with one another. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan said in an interview that Aldridge may not finish the season with the team and this comes on the heels of Zach Lowe predicting that the Spurs will put Aldridge on the trading block at some point during the upcoming season.
Oftentimes when it comes to rumors of locker room discord, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
However, Aldridge came out on Thursday and dismissed any notion that there are issues behind-the-scenes. The forward made an appearance on the Jim Rome Show, where he had this to say about his current situation, via Jeff Garcia of News4SanAntonio.com.
“I didn’t buy into it. I haven’t heard anything about it. I talked to [head coach Gregg Popovich] daily and he’s always telling me that I’m doing great. Trying to be a more of a leader. He’s put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren’t saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me. Yeah for sure I am [happy in San Antonio]. We made history last year. They’ve incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces.”
The Spurs went 67-15 in Aldridge’s first year with the club last season before being ousted in the second-round of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aldridge enjoyed a fine individual season, as well, averaging better than 18 points and eight boards per contest.
His time with the Portland Trail Blazers did not end well due to Aldridge’s reported jealousy of point guard Damian Lillard. The Spurs signed Aldridge to a four-year deal worth about $80 million last July after he spent the first nine years of his career with the Trail Blazers.