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OT LaMarcus Aldridge requested a trade from SAS this summer

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  1. BrianFromWA

    BrianFromWA Editor in Chief Staff Member Editor in Chief

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    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...nio-spurs-asked-traded-gregg-popovich-reveals

    I know many of you are shocked (shocked!) about this, but it's a continuing process, it seems, that even Pop wasn't ready for.
    But there seems to be a first time for everything when dealing with the would-be Greatest Blazer Ever. I have to admit, I laughed at the comment Pop had about it. Perfect.
    But then, b/c Pop don't mess around:
    What he didn't say was "because the league seems to have found out that you don't shoot as well as we thought, you disappear in most playoff games that aren't in Houston, and your attitude kinda sucks, no one wants to give us anything remotely good for you and your huge contract."
     
  2. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    LMA would NEVER ask for a trade.

    IMPOSSIBLE!
     
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    HomerLovesKoolAid I have a well-known member.

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    I'm surprised that Pop didn't realize what a big nothing Aldridge is during the recruiting process.
    He's usually an excellent judge of basketball mental skills.
     
  4. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    The whole thing worked out quite well in the end, because many Spurs fans hate him.
     
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    KeepOnRollin Well-Known Member

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    Knowing what we know now, would anyone go back to the time LMA jumped ship and accept him back at that time if he had a change of heart an turned Pops down?

    At the time many people (me included) would have loved having him change his mind and resign with POR. Would those people still share that mentality knowing what they know now?

    I not trying to influence any vote here but I sure wouldn't want him back knowing what I know now. Even though it hurt us in talent on the court I think it was/is for the best.

    P.S. I don't want to get into the whole we should have traded him then. That isn't what this is about. That is a separate conversation that has already been gone over plenty.
     
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    dviss1 Emcee Referee

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    Softest donut of the dozen...
     
  7. Scalma

    Scalma Well-Known Member

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    No I wouldn’t. Quits the moment any adversity hits. Can’t win a championship with a guy like that.
     
  8. SlyPokerDog

    SlyPokerDog Woof! Staff Member Administrator

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    This summer or last summer? Not that I'm doubting Pops is a time traveler.
     
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  9. Boob-No-More

    Boob-No-More Why you no hire big man coach?

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    I know we all hate Aldridge, but this exchange shows great personal growth. At least he gave the Spurs the opportunity to get something in return and didn't, ya know, tell them he wanted to be the greatest Spur ever, ya know, and then leave them holding their dicks, ya know...

    BNM
     
  10. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    This assumes that LMA told the Blazers the same thing that he told the fans. I'm fairly confident that he requested a trade at one point, and we tried to win him over.
     
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    If the 2013 reports are to be believed, he did precisely the same thing here. Let management know, two years before the expiration of his contract, that he would like to be traded. And the reports in the following months were similarly glowing--team was built around him, wins piled up, and Aldridge was happy again. Temporarily.

    Honestly, I'm not seeing a huge difference between Aldridge now and 4 years ago.
     
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    Apparently the talk worked because he's having one of the best season's of his career.
     
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    Did anyone read the article? Jeez.

    In it, Pop says that the problems with Lamarcus were actually his fault (Pop's), that he was using him wrong offensively, and that LMA is happy, is having a career year this year, and they re-signed him.

    Reality is a bitch.
     
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    BBert Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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    Hindsight ;)
     
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    Naw the reality is he still cowers from adversity, and only produces when things are the way he wants them to be. The credit here goes to Pop, not Aldridge.
     
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  16. Boob-No-More

    Boob-No-More Why you no hire big man coach?

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    Yep, he said he wanted to play next to a "true center" (aka: NOT J.J. Hickson), a big body who could bang down low. Olshey went out and got him Robin Lopez and everything was hunky dory until Wes ruptured his Achille's.

    This year, Pau has started all 41 games at center with Aldridge at PF. Last year, Pau started less than half the games and Pop experimented with other combinations with Aldridge (David Lee, Dwayne Dedmon).

    Aldridge likes consistency and he likes to be paired with someone else willing to do the dirty work.

    P.S. The part about personal growth was a joke. I was being sarcastic, ya know...

    BNM
     
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    LaLarcia will be an all star this year and Lillard won't.

    This irritates me.
     
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    I would have been very happy for him to re-sign with Portland.... only because I would have traded him as soon as I could have afterwards. :cheers:
     
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    Boob-No-More Why you no hire big man coach?

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    Team performance matters. Aldridge has been the best player on a team that's 28-15. Lillard is the best player on a team that's 22-19. SAS has been missing Kawhi and Parker pretty much all season, and they are still in 3rd place, 5 games ahead of POR. The fact is, he's playing the best ball of his career and has been carrying that team.

    Plus, the PG position is stacked in the West. PF, not so much.

    BNM
     
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    For what? He would have gotten a bigger contract here then SA and even SA doesn't think they would get the value for him that they would want. So unless you just wanted to give him away (and you still have to match contracts remember) then I don't see how trading him after a massive contract (remember he was going to get an extra year and extra about 25% here) would have help any. You would have had some other guy (or other guys) instead of LMA just sucking up the cap.
     

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