Seven-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has acknowledged that he didn't sign with the Brooklyn Nets to be an All-Star but rather to bring value and help the team win the NBA championship. Aldridge, who was a member of the San Antonio Spurs since 2015, agreed with the Spurs to split and he decided to sign with the Nets after entering the buyout market.
The Nets' roster features multiple current and former All-Star players as James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are also on the team. "I'm not here to be an All-Star," Aldridge said, per ESPN.
"That's not what I'm trying to do. I'm just trying to bring the value, try to bring the things I'm good at and trying to help this team win. I'm not worried about being an All-Star anymore."
Nets head coach thrilled to have Aldridge
"He has the ability to make 3-pointers, so that opens the floor up," Nets coach Steve Nash said.
"He understands that this is a different role and a different team. I want him to find that natural balance between the way he has traditionally played and the way we play." Aldridge is comfortable with whichever role given.
"I mean, if you could start, you're always going to start," Aldridge said. "I think anyone that's competitive will say, yeah, they want that and they're going to fight for that, so I'm definitely trying to do my job and hopefully I get it."
The defending champions Los Angeles Lakers will now have a tough task of defending their title. "It brings out the best in us," Lakers CEO and President Jeanie Buss said Monday on Stephen A's World on ESPN+.
"When teams identify us as the team to beat and they gear up to go at us head-to-head, that makes us work harder. "So, bring it on." The Lakers also got stronger recently as center Andre Drummond decided to sign with the Purple and Gold after being released by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"The addition of Andre Drummond, who we picked up in the buyout market, will certainly fortify a season where we've had to deal with injuries and COVID," Buss said. "Having Marc Gasol, who is our starting center, was out for several weeks with COVID and a really tough case where he was on a minutes restriction even though he's back in the lineup."