Pro players in any sport very rarely retire mid-season. Even when they are dealing with an injury that is going to force them to retire they tend to step away at the end of the season. Just like we saw with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman a couple of days.
Today though, NBA player LaMarcus Aldridge has announced that he is effectively retiring from the NBA with plenty of games still left to play on the schedule. A heart condition is to blame for the player stepping away.
Although Aldridge may not have been the most well-known NBA player of his era he certainly had some great moments in the league. The center and forward was an all-star every single year from 2012 to 2016, skipping the accolade in 2017 and returning and then being voted an all-star again in 2018 and 2019.
His career was spent with the Portland Trail Blazers and he was part of the San Antonio Spurs as well where he saw the last of San Antonio’s big three era. With the retirement of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.
Aldridge claims that he is leaving the game behind because he wants to think about his personal health and his family. Aldridge was diagnosed with a condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White. This is a heart condition that essentially alters your heart’s ability to pump blood in the proper manner.
Aldridge was diagnosed with the condition back in 2007, the fact that he was able to play a full career up to the age of 35 with the condition is astonishing. Not to mention risky.
According to doctors the condition that Aldridge suffers from is usually something that you’re born with. The problem is that the condition tends to go undetected in people for years. It can certainly be the cause of dangerous arrhythmias if you’re putting your body through too much exercise.
These types of conditions have been discovered to be the trigger for untimely deaths in athletes. Apparently, they are not as easy to spot as one would think. Aldridge went through two years of college basketball at the University of Texas and no one ever noticed anything wrong. If you’re thinking about hitting the gym hard it could be a good idea to get checked out first.
On Twitter Aldridge mentioned that he came to the decision to step away from the game after a recent health scare. He essentially went through the night dealing with an irregular heartbeat. The situation was so eye-opening for Aldridge that he decided to retire days after the incident.
Some of the signs that a person is dealing with an issue of this sort can include fatigue a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and feeling faint. Before getting on a treadmill and running for miles or picking up some weights it could be a good idea to get checked out.
— LaMarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) April 15, 2021