LaMarcus Aldridge clears the air with Popovich
LaMarcus Aldridge is looking to put a poor playoff series and a turbulent offseason with the San Antonio Spurs behind him.
Aldridge was a player that was not happy with the way he was being used in the Spurs system. In fact, he felt that he was not “really fitting into the system” the best he could.
This all came out when LaMarcus asked for a sit down with head coach Gregg Popovich discussing his displeasure.
"It was me kind of being blunt about it, and being kind of forward."
"He was open to it. I kind of just spilled my heart about how I felt about how things were, and how things had been going.
Aldridge did mention that Pop was caught off guard as he had not noticed how unhappy he was during the season.
"I think he was kind of caught off guard. I don't think he really had noticed [that I was unhappy]. But once I said it, he was great about listening, and it was good from there. I felt like I wasn't really fitting into the system as best I could. I wasn't really helping like I felt I could."
Both discussed the options they had in Aldridge having more of an impact on the team, on the offensive side. Pop liked what LaMarcus brought to the team on that end of the floor stating “he was fantastic for us.”
Aldridge has to bring it himself. Last season there were times in which he did not run down the floor and eased up a bit, something he himself stated.
"It was an afterthought [to get me the ball early]. But it was both [probably my fault and the team's] because I didn't feel like I would get it."
"So I probably didn't run the floor as hard, or I didn't seal as good. Then, they didn't look for me. Then, when we both thought about it, it was too late.”
He has to have the want to, and replied that is his goal for the coming season.
"But this year, knowing that it's going to be a point of emphasis, I'm going to run harder. I'm going to duck in harder, and they're going to look for me faster. So it's going to be better."
Aldridge averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds last regular-season. Which wasn't horrible but not the numbers expected from an All-Star player in Portland.
In the brutal West, loaded with star power, the Spurs can use him to step up his game. This new outlook from LaMarcus could pay dividends.