"My last game I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat," Aldridge wrote. "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 that night 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. For 15 years, I've put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and family first."
Aldridge, the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, spent his career with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs before signing with the Nets. Players from around the NBA were shocked at Aldridge's abrupt retirement but showed him support in his difficult decision.
Statement from our GM Sean Marks on the retirement of LaMarcus Aldridge: pic.twitter.com/3WKRJgAmpn— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 15, 2021
One of the toughest match ups I had to face! Congratulations on an amazing career! Enjoy family time... https://t.co/1wNKwK5iJ7— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) April 15, 2021
Legendary run my brother! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/oCAzEzRLdk— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) April 15, 2021
Congrats LA! Midrange King. Enjoy your life fam! 🙏🏽💪🏽 https://t.co/Fvhrr2l1FX— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) April 15, 2021
Helluva career! Wishing you nothing but health brotha 🙏🏽 https://t.co/MvrBkrZLG8— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) April 15, 2021