Found April 20, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Dwayne_poster
The Blazers new G.M. needs to suspend the notion that Portland can build around LaMarcus Aldridge and become a contender. Aldridge is not a player that you can build around – he is a nice complementary piece to a championship puzzle – but LaMarcus Aldridge will never be “The Man”. Aldridge is basically the same player he was five seasons ago, except that he has added a more complete offensive repertoire and shoots a slightly higher percentage. Five years ago, in his second season, Aldridge averaged 17.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 48.4% from the field and 76.2% from the line. He's bumped those averages up slightly, reaching career highs in field goal shooting (51.2%), free throws (81.4%) and assists (2.4), while averaging 21.7 points and 8 rebounds this season. But, this is the season he was suppose to take over for Brandon Roy and make it his team, to raise up his game to a new level and become a bonafide superstar. That didn't happen. W...
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