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LaMarcus Aldridge would be honored if Blazers retired his number originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Last month, 7-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge shocked the NBA world when he retired after learning he had been playing with an irregular heartbeat.
For the interest of his health, he was stepping away from the game.
Wednesday afternoon, Aldridge went on ESPN's The Jump to go down memory lane, discuss the current playoff matchups and even his time in Portland.
Hall-of-Famer Robert Horry asked Aldridge what it would mean to him to get his jersey retired by the Trail Blazers, the team he spent nine seasons with before signing with San Antonio in the summer of 2015.
"First of all, anyone getting their jersey retired is a huge honor but it would be great for me," responded Aldridge.
"That's where it all started for me. That's where I made my name and I became an All-Star. I actually became that go-to guy there so it would be awesome for me if it does happen because that place is one of my favorite memories for sure."
Portland has retired 10 separate numbers during the team's 51-year history. No numbers have been retired since December 16th and December 18th, 2008 for the retiring of #30 for both Bob Gross and Terry Porter.
Aldridge was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2006 Draft by the Chicago Bulls. His rights were then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for their pick, Tyrus Thomas, and Viktor Khryapa. He is Portland's all-time leading rebounder (5,434) and has scored the third-most points (12,562) in franchise history.
After injuries caught up with Brandon Roy, Aldridge went from the arguably third-option in the Big 3 of he, Roy and Greg Oden to being the face of the Trail Blazers.
Once the Blazers drafted Damian Lillard, Aldridge led Portland to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, which included two of the best postseason performances in franchise history to take a 2-0 lead over the Rockets with both games on the road: 46 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 plus 43 points and 8 rebounds in Game 2.
"I thank Portland for drafting a skinny, Texas kid and giving me a chance. The city of Portland has given me some unforgettable years," wrote Aldridge in his retirement announcement.