LaMarcus Aldridge not listening to Nets superteam narrative: 'I don't follow any of that stuff'

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LaMarcus Aldridge first Nets Zoom
LaMarcus Aldridge first Nets Zoom

The Nets host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night -- a night that could be yet another debut of a star wearing the white and black in Brooklyn.

LaMarcus Aldridge joined the Nets over the weekend after being bought out by the San Antonio Spurs, making him the second buyout signing for Brooklyn in the last couple of weeks -- the Nets also brought in Blake Griffin earlier this month.

Aldridge spoke to the media over Zoom Tuesday for the first time since joining the Nets, and talked about why he decided to sign in Brooklyn.

"Brooklyn made it known right away that they were very interested," Aldridge said. "[Kevin Durant] hit me quick and said 'Definitely come here.' So kinda just waited it out and weighed my options and I just ended up coming here. It's a pretty good team and I think I could definitely help."

"A pretty good team" is an understatement to say the least. Once Durant returns from his hamstring injury, the Nets could have one of the most stacked superteams in league history, considering the team also already has All-Stars Kyrie Irving and James Harden in the backcourt.

With the Nets adding star after star over the course of the season, they've become this season's version of a villain, something that Aldridge says he doesn't pay attention to.

"I don't follow any of that stuff," he said. "If you've followed me during my career, I don't really read clippings and all that type of thing, so I had no clue about it.

"I'm just hear to play basketball. I'm older, so it's an opportunity to be on a winning team and bring some things that I think that can help, and that's all that is."

The Nets have become the favorites to win the NBA Title since adding Aldridge (and LeBron James going down for the Los Angeles Lakers), but he said that it was less about ring chasing on a team that doesn't need me, and more about filling a need on a good team that does.

"It was about a role," Aldridge said. "I help fill a void of having a bigger five man that can score and play defense. ... I think that was a bigger factor."

Aldridge will compete for the starting five spot down the line, and Griffin is currently coming off the bench, but there could be times towards the end of the season and in the playoffs where we see a lineup of Durant, Harden, Irving, Griffin and Aldridge all on the floor at the same -- which should be terrifying for everyone else in the league.