Aldridge forced to retire from NBA due to an irregular heartbeat

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

LaMarcus Aldridge has played his last game in the NBA. He announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday.

He was forced to retire due to an irregular heartbeat. He played for 15 seasons.

LaMarcus Aldridge attempts a shot during practice (Photo by the Brooklyn Nets/Instagram)

“My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat,” Aldridge said. “Later on that night, my rhythm got even worse which really worried me even more. The next morning, I told the team what was going on and they were great getting me to the hospital and getting me checked out. Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced. With that being said, I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA.”

Aldridge agreed to a contract buyout on March 25th by the San Antonio Spurs. Three days later, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

He last played for the Nets on Saturday, April 10th against the Los Angeles Lakers. He had 12 points in the win.

In his career, he also played for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Trail Blazers.

He is the second prominent big man, who had his career cut short due to a career-ending illness. Chris Bosh was forced into retirement in 2016 due to a blood clotting condition.

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