LaMarcus Aldridge , a 35-year-old, 2.11-meter power forward, has been added to the luxurious Brooklyn Nets roster. Aldridge had rescinded on March 25 his contract with the San Antonio Spurs, the team in which he played the last four and a half seasons and to which he arrived as a consolidated star after his long stint in Portland. The Nets, second in the Eastern Conference, thus redouble their bet on their goal of winning a title they only won twice, in 1974 and 1976, with Julius Irving as the main star.
Team owner Joe Tsai and sports director, former player Sean Marks have built a brilliant roster. In January they signed James Harden, in a squad that already included Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The relationship is impressive and this is demonstrated by the count of times each of these players have been All Stars: 11 Kevin Durant, 9 Harden, 7 Irving and Aldridge, 6 Blake Griffin, signed on March 8 from Detroit, and 1 DeAndre Jordan. In total, they have 41 All Star selections, the most accumulated by a team since the Miami Heat of the 2013-2014 season, with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. Only the Celtics, with the 56 selections for the All Star that their member players accumulated in the 2010-2011 season, and the 43 of a season later have surpassed the 41 of the Nets.
The performance of Aldridge, who has not already been in the last two All Stars, was less in the Spurs. This season he is averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, far from the 21.3 points and 9.2 rebounds of two seasons ago. The team led by Gregg Popovich, eighth in the Western Conference, has surprised by allowing Aldridge to leave, although he is confident in the power of his inner game with the Austrian Jakob Poeltl. The Nets, in addition to Jordan, Griffin and now Aldridge, also have two more inside players, Jeff Green and Nicolas Claxton.
Steve Nash is the coach of the Nets, who also have a coaching staff with many illustrious names among those highlighted by Mike D'Antoni. The goal of the Nets is to dethrone the Lakers as champions. The last two times they reached the final were in 2002 and 2003 with Jason Kidd as game director.
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