Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 12/17/12
A lot of banter in Portland has been over whether LaMarcus Aldridge is a long-term number one option for the Trail Blazers. Before the season, there was little to no talk in this direction. But with the emergence of Damian Lillard as a playmaker and leader, people are starting to overlook Aldridge's presence on this team. I think that I am a little more neutral than a lot of fans and media around the city. It seems that people either love or hate Aldridge. They think he is the best power forward or they think he will never lead Portland to any substantial runs in the playoffs. Listening to the radio the other day, a sports radio personality said that Lillard is the future and that Aldridge is the past. He said that GM Neil Olshey should trade Aldridge and build around Lillard. To me, that’s ludicrous and a bit of a knee jerk reaction. Aldridge is this franchise's all-star. Earlier last week, he was one of only 3 players in the league averaging over 20 points and 7 rebo...
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