A video of a woman lusting over LaMarcus Aldridge during a Spurs game in 2019 is going viral after he announced his retirement from the NBA today. The video shows the woman, who is allegedly sitting next to her husband, staring at Aldridge with a dreamy expression. The alleged husband seems oblivious to his wife’s admiration for the seven-time All-Star.
The video has since been viewed millions of times and has sparked hilarious reactions from NBA fans and celebrities, such as captions saying “When you’re sitting next to your girl and LaMarcus Aldridge walks by”. Some have joked that the woman should divorce her husband and marry Aldridge, while others have sympathized with the alleged husband for being overshadowed by the NBA star. It was very similar to the viral situation involving Stephen Curry and a woman during a Warriors game.
Aldridge, who is 37 years old, announced his retirement for the second time on Friday, March 31, 2023. He had previously retired in 2021 after experiencing an irregular heartbeat in his last game with the Brooklyn Nets. He was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that can cause a rapid heartbeat, as a rookie in 2007. However, he decided to come back to the Nets five months later after getting cleared by doctors.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s Legacy
For many people the fact that ride looks so old would have been a red flag from the jump. Just take a look at Aldridge had a stellar 16-year career in the NBA, averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He was drafted second overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2006 and spent nine seasons with them, becoming one of their franchise leaders in scoring and rebounding. He then joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 and helped them reach the Western Conference Finals in 2017. He signed with the Nets in 2021 as a free agent, hoping to win his first championship.
Aldridge expressed his gratitude for his career and his fans in a tweet that quoted Tom Brady, who also retired for the second time recently. He wrote: “In the words of TB12, you only get one big, emotional retirement…so, on that note…I’m thankful for all the memories, family and friends I made throughout my career. It was one hell of a ride and I enjoyed every min”.
Aldridge will be remembered as one of the best power forwards of his generation and a consummate professional with a unique skill set. He was a five-time All-NBA selection and made seven All-Star appearances. He also represented Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, where they won gold.
As for the woman in the video, we don’t know if she ever got to meet Aldridge or if her husband ever found out about her crush, but we hope they are both happy and wish them all the best.