After Game 2 loss, LaMarcus Aldridge flew back to Portland while his team stayed in Memphis

images (4)The Portland Trailblazers are trying to figure out how to get out of a 3-0 hole against the Memphis Grizzlies. While many don’t expect the Trailblazers to win this series, there is a bigger problem at hand. Last week it was reported that forward LaMarcus Aldridge would opt out of his contract and multiple teams are going to pursue him. Now Trailblazer fans have something else to be nervous after what happened after the team’s Game 2 loss. Instead of flying on the team’s charter plane, Aldridge decided to fly back to Portland using his own money.


There is unease about the future of LaMarcus Aldridge, who will become a free agent on July 1. ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Saturday reported that he asked Aldridge if Portland is his No. 1 choice. Broussard said Aldridge smiled and said “We’ll see.”

And after Game 2 in Memphis, Olshey gave the team the option to stay the night and fly home on the team charter, or return to Portland on their own.

Take it for what it’s worth, but only one player wasn’t on the team charter: Aldridge.

“I didn’t want to stay in that hotel one more night,” Aldridge said on Saturday. “So I bought my own ticket and flew home.”

Having stayed in Memphis hotels, I don’t halfway blame Aldridge for wanting to get back to Portland as soon as possible. But it also doesn’t scream brotherhood, or togetherness, either.


I understand that Aldridge didn’t want to stay in Memphis, but it seems like he is starting to isolate himself from everyone. I can’t blame him because he has been frustrated all series long and the help he thought he had hasn’t been there for him.

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