I call bullshit!

Published by Yoshi on 21st October - 12:00 (CET)
The last couple of days the Score has been reporting some concerns regarding LaMarcus Aldridge's future with the Spurs, saying that he's "unhappy playing 2nd fiddle to Kawhi" and "might not finish season with Spurs". While I might not have the insight, experience, proximity to the league or possibility to look into things beyond Googling them that the Score has, I still feel entitled to call bullshit on this report. What else am I going to do, just sit here and shut up?

Here's why I believe this stuff is made up and that there is no real drama in San Antonio:

1. LaMarcus Aldridge is a patient dude. We are talking about a guy who spent nine years in Portland despite on numerous occasions stating that he wanted to play in a bigger market and that Portland basically sucks. I just can't see him complaining to team leadership after only one year with the Spurs, especially considering that he is now a key figure on the perpetual contender of the league.

2. The timing is not right. If LaMarcus had issues with Kawhi Leonard being the number one guy on the team, I'm sure that is something he noticed during the 82 games the Spurs played in the regular season and additional ten in the Playoffs. It probably didn't dawn on him during the summer. Why then would he wait until the middle of the pre-season to complain about his outlook? If he had said something at the end of the season or during the off-season there would be reasonable time to look into solutions. Saying something when the team is in full preparation for the upcoming season would throw off team chemistry and damage Aldridge's chances of finding happines with or without the Spurs this year.

And, most importantly:

3. There is no way in hell he got the wrong idea of what playing under Pop is like. I am willing to bet my left nut that Gregg Popovich did not tell LaMarcus that he would be the number one guy, face of the franchise, ültimate süperstar and all that during his recruitment pitch, as that would go against the philosophy Pop has successfully lived by for two decades with the Spurs. You think Pop would go to a free agent and tell him he would be "The Man" ahead of a player he puts in the same sentence as MJ, Magic, Bird, Kobe and Timmy? No way, José!

So all in all I think either the Score or their source is trying to stir up a storyline where there is none, and time will prove me right. Even if the rumor turns out to be true, because I can always edit.

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