LaMarcus Aldridge Is Learning to Be Selfish on the NBA’s Most Unselfish Team

December 29th, 2016 by Mike Monroe Leave a reply »

SAN ANTONIO — It took only a few seconds for San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker to recognize the holiday gift the Chicago Bulls were hand-delivering to power forward LaMarcus Aldridge in the first quarter of Sunday's ABC game at AT&T Center.

When Aldridge stopped just left of the top of the key on San Antonio's very first possession of the Christmas Day game, Chicago defender Robin Lopez stayed in the paint, leaving him unguarded.

Parker's eyes widened like those of a kid finding a favorite toy inside a package on Christmas morning. He delivered a quick pass that Aldridge caught and immediately launched, a perfect 21-foot jumper.

A special day had begun for Aldridge—one that seemed like the latest point on an upward trend line for the most prominent (and expensive) free-agent signee in San Antonio history.

It took until 2:17 remained in the first half—and 10 more perfect shots—before he missed. By the time the Spurs put the finishing touches on a 119-100 win, Aldridge had 33 points and nine rebounds, dominating a game in which Kawhi Leonard—the Spurs' All-NBA first- ...

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