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LaMarcus Aldridge is getting a fresh start with his old team.
No, Aldridge never left the Trail Blazers, but this season is decidedly different for the All-Star forward.
The Blazers finished last season 28-38 and out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. They dismissed head coach Nate McMillan and let go of some of their more veteran players, choosing to build around Aldridge and swingman Nicolas Batum.
Aldridge is starting his seventh season with the Blazers. He's averaging 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds for his career, but last season he averaged 21.7 points, eight rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting a career-high 51.2 percent. And he made his first All-Star team.
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Look for the dunk of the night from last night's NBA preseason action?Check out this alley-oop dunk thrown down by Portland Trail Blazers rookie Meyers Leonard against the Denver Nuggets:
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