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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:03 PM



    LaMarcus Aldridge Named Western Conference All-Star
     “LaMarcus has distinguished himself as one of the top players in the NBA, and this is an honor well-deserved,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. “I’ll speak for the organization and our fans to say we are thrilled to have LaMarcus represent Portland at All-Star Weekend in Orlando and couldn’t be prouder of what he’s done for the team.”
     Aldridge, 26, ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring with a career-best 23.3 points to go with 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.12 steals in 26 games (all starts) with the Trail Blazers this season. At 50.9 percent (245-for-481), he is one of three players in the league with his scoring average or better shooting at least 50 percent from the floor.
     “LaMarcus is a premier player in this league and I’m very happy to see him be recognized for his efforts as a player and a leader,” said Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan. “He improves every season and this is validation for all the hard work he’s put in to become an All-Star.”

    Last year he was snubbed. LeBron James even went as far as saying that Aldridge was “the biggest snub in All-Star history.” This year, LA left no reasonable doubt about his status as one of the NBA’s elite. With former face of the franchise, Brandon Roy retiring, the Trail Blazers looked to LaMarcus to pick up where B-Roy left off. And the L-Train relished in his new role. Through 25 games, LaMarcus is the fifth leading scorer in the league at 23.7 – up from his prior career-high of 21.8. More impressive is he’s up two points per game and doing so in three less minutes of action and on a career-high 51.4 percent shooting from the field. Mr. Efficiency. All-Stars let the game come to them and take what the defense is offering.
     
    LA is the epitome of smooth; making every move on the floor looking like it’s in slow motion, never rushing a thing. But don’t mistake his silky, smooth game for softness. Tagged with that unfortunate label early on in his career, Aldridge shed it just as Bruce Banner would right before he revealed himself as “The Hulk.” His 216 total rebounds are good enough to be ranked in the Top 20 and mind you, that is playing alongside Marcus Camby – one of the best rebounders in Trail Blazer history. But the real tale-tell  sign that LA has truly became the aggressive force on offense Rip City has yearned for since he was drafted back in June of 2006 is his free throw attempts. As of February 7, Aldridge has earned his way to the charity stripe 142 times – good enough for twelfth most in the NBA. All-Stars don’t just hurt their opposition in one way; they have multiple ways of dissecting the defense, causing double-teams, matchup nightmares and defensive strategy shifts. He’s the complete package. And the scary part is…he’s only getting better. This first All-Star appearance is just the tip if the iceberg for the L-Train!

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  1. dljensen
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:15 PM

    Congratulations to a well deserved LaMarcus!! I am so excited for you and will have a reason to watch the All Star weekend on TV now.  You deserve to be a starter in my book and I know I am not alone on this one.  I am also excited for your Mom, she deserves all that is good as well.  God Bless you and your family. #ripcity
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  1. Keisha
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:21 PM

    Congratulations LaMarcus, Well Deserved!!
    I am a fan of the current Blazers!!!
  1. benh7777
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:25 PM

    It's about time. Congrats LA!!
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  1. sealer legion
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:26 PM

    congratulations, LaMarcus Aldridge! Well Deserved...best power forward in the NBA!!!
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  1. rshanley1992
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:27 PM

    Great job man. Keep your head up and keep bangin, never give up
  1. newellbrian
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:27 PM

    Congrats LA!! You deserve it, so much more than any one of the "starters". Its about time. Show them how we do it in Rip City!!!
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:30 PM

    Well deserved and long overdue! Congratulations to you LaMarcus for all you bring to the NBA. You make us all proud to be Blazer fans!
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Chelsea Halfmoon
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:31 PM

    CONGRATS TO YOU LAMARCUS!
    PORTLAND FANS AND OREGONIANS ARE PROUD OF THIS MOMENT POSSIBLY AS MUCH AS YOU :D
    I am a fan of over a hundred sold out games @ the Rose Garden.
  1. blah
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:31 PM

    CONGRATS LAMARCUS! YOU TOTALLY DESERVE IT!
    NOW LET'S GO FOR MVP!
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  1. dockaren
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:32 PM

    Congratulations LMA! I'm happy for you and your mother for this well deserved honor! Hope this honor comes to you for many more years as a Blazer!
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  1. blazerdarren77
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:32 PM

    wtg LA! Here's to many more all-star appearances! :) :D
    I am a fan of THE ROSE GARDEN FOREVER!!!
  1. mwoodson
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:39 PM

    Best new of the day. Congratulations LA and Happy Birthday Georgia.  As others have said, this ascknowledgment is long overdue.  LA has distinguished himself as premier player and all around nice young man.  Portland is proud of and happy for you.  Enjoy this honor LA. 
    I am a fan of Andre Miller. Love all you guys but it has been a real pleasure to watch Andre's intelligent, dedicated playing. A true professional.
  1. joyzbeach
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:42 PM

    LA I am so happy for you!!!  You so more than deserved this.  CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ROCK!!!!!
  1. wendeeopolis
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:47 PM

    I'm SO proud of you, LaMarcus!!  You deserve to be an All-Star!  Thanks for being such a great representative for Rip City!!
    I am a fan of Pryzbilla returning to Portland!!!
  1. rdickson
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    Posted 02/09/2012 4:57 PM

    Congratulation LaMarcus ! I thought you should have been last year,But better late than never.I'm so proud of you! I pray that one day I'll be fortunate enough to shake your hand. Stay Blessed
  1. Mieke Appel
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    Posted 02/09/2012 5:04 PM

    Congratulations LaMarcus, our All Star, now everybody's All Star
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 02/09/2012 5:13 PM

    L-Train you did it man here to many more Allstars apperances to come.
    I am a fan of Respect, Loyalty, Honor & Pride the same thing the Blazer & their true fans are made of RIP CITY STAND UP!
  1. augiedog34
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    Posted 02/09/2012 5:16 PM

    Hallelujah!!!  It's about time you are recognized for all your hard work.  This is something we have been praying for and we are so happy you represent the great city of Portland and the Trailblazers.  Your a great player and a great person.  God Bless you and congratulation again.  God Bless You and we love you.
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  1. amandafo
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    Posted 02/09/2012 5:27 PM

    Woo hoo! LaMarcus is a premier player and we can't thank him enough for bringing it each and every game! Congratulations to an amazing player in the game, who happens to be with the best team in the league! What a great individual, as well.
    I am a fan of anything Trailblazers!
  1. amandafo
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    Posted 02/09/2012 5:27 PM

    Woo hoo! LaMarcus is a premier player and we can't thank him enough for bringing it each and every game! Congratulations to an amazing player in the game, who happens to be with the best team in the league! What a great individual, as well.
    I am a fan of anything Trailblazers!
  1. daddylogan
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    Posted 02/09/2012 6:06 PM

    Congrats to a fantastic player. We are all proud that you are a Blazer ;-)

    peace out,
    daddy
    I am a fan of THE LITTLE GIANT...DAMIAN LILLARD!!!
  1. pumper4662
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    Posted 02/09/2012 6:14 PM

    WE ALWAYS KNEW YOU DESERVED THIS , ITS ABOUT TIME EVERYONE ELSE AROUND THE COUNTRY FINALLY SPOKE UP!!!  CONGRATS L.A.
    I am a fan of OREGONS TRAIL BLAZERS
  1. B.O.B
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    Posted 02/09/2012 6:16 PM

    CONGRATS TO OUR BIGMAN!!!!! Lamarcus you are the ideal 4 for the game of basketball maybe not the highflying power dunker like blake or wide bodied bully on boards like love but in my mind the most versatile big in the game and 2-3 years top 5 players and hall of famer talks beginning your game has developed to a unstopable style of play! keep doin what u do homie and thank you for all of your dedication and commitment you've given our city and state! you are what all sports need more of...a true pro's pro congrats again and much much deserved and long overdue!
    I am a fan of camby's rebounds!!!!!!
  1. kjsmama
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    Posted 02/09/2012 7:16 PM

    Good job for being an All-Star. You are a really good player and deserve it. You are my favorite. Love, Kiva (Age 6)

    About time! So happy for you and your family. Thank you for being not only a great player but a person as well. We are blessed to have you.

    Kiva's mom
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  1. jsciv314
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    Posted 02/09/2012 7:30 PM

    You were great before and really had an extra something last year, but this year you've really raised your game to a new level.  And I'm not just saying that.  You are far more consistent, aggressive, and boy, it's rare that you miss anything these days... like the bucket is as big as the ocean!  Keep working hard, who knows.. you could well be the league MVP in another year.  Nobody's figured out how to stop you yet!!
    I am a fan of the mighty Rhinoceros and Wes Matthews' defense.
  1. shubaz
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    Posted 02/09/2012 7:42 PM

    No question you're an All-star. You consistently bring your A-game. Now lets get that ring and secure your legacy. Go rip city!!
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  1. Prophet21
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    Posted 02/09/2012 10:40 PM

    WAY overdue and VERY much deserved! Congrats LMA =D
    I am a fan of Damian Lillard workin hard and lightin it up!
  1. Eric88
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    Posted 02/09/2012 11:47 PM

    Congrats LA! Long overdue! Can't wait to get a 12 West jersey!
    I am a fan of BATUM SHAKALAKA!
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 02/10/2012 5:04 AM

    Congratulations Mr. Aldridge!

    Long overdue?  Yes.  However, I strongly feel he deserved the honor more last year.  Seems to have abandoned a good part of his paint game this season, some of which could be attributed to the taxing schedule.
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. Posted 02/10/2012 8:31 AM

    I love l.a and the trail blazers
  1. mcswain91
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    Posted 02/10/2012 9:27 AM

    Way to go L.A.!!!! Congradulations im so PROUD of you. Its a great day to be a BLAZER FAN!!

    Love Mary your BIGGEST FAN!!
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  1. DeVinMzM
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    Posted 02/10/2012 10:46 AM

    Hooray, LA!  Absolutely deserving and wonderful to watch!
    I am a fan of Blazers - Fast and Furious!
  1. laura61404
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    Posted 02/10/2012 2:10 PM

    Congratulations LA!  You finally have received the credit you deserve!  Even Charles Barkley said that he would not attend the All Star game unless you made the team, and now he can go.  You have been my favorite Blazer for a while now because of your hard work and class act.  You always seem to put the team first, even while you are scoring 30 points a game.  Thanks for leading this team to where it is today and it will only get better.  GO BLAZERS!
    I am a fan of THE NEW IMPROVED BLAZERS WHO ARE GOING TO SURPRISE THE WHOLE LEAGUE THIS YEAR AND KICK BUTT!!! GO BLAZERS!!!
  1. Posted 02/11/2012 4:36 PM

    Congrats LA!! You deserve it! Show those boys what you can do! 
  1. nhkhajavei
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    Posted 02/12/2012 11:13 AM

    Way to go LA! What a joy it is to watch you play. All of your hard work has resulted in an all star selection, finally, and made you the undisputed leader of this team! You keep leading, we'll keep following!
    I am a fan of Lamarcus dominating inside and out!
  1. blazerglen
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    Posted 02/13/2012 3:05 PM

    LaMarcus!  Congrats on the major achievement!  We already knew you were an All Star, but glad to see the NBA acknowledges it too!  Thanks for keeping the Blazers great!
    I am a fan of never giving up on a game.
  1. Game7of2000
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    Posted 02/14/2012 8:14 AM

    Way to go LA! We know you'll make us proud in Orlando!
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  1. ethompson
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    Posted 02/14/2012 9:35 AM

    Congrats LaMarcus! I am glad the rest of the league sees what we have been seeing all along...you are an All-Star! You make Rip City proud!
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 02/15/2012 6:09 PM

    Get better soon L.A., don't eat too many leftover Valentine's Day cupcakes (:
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. joet83
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    Posted 02/15/2012 6:20 PM

    Lamarcus, you are a true all star.  couldnt happen to a more amazing guy and player.  congrats and i know you will represent yourself and Rip City like the champion you are!  
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  1. Ginnie
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    Posted 02/15/2012 6:55 PM

    Lamarcus - I am so proud of you.  You are the heart of the team and you deserve this honor.  Remember the fans love you.
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  1. Lizbeth70
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    Posted 02/16/2012 10:55 AM

    Congratulations LA, am proud to wear the jersey with your name and number on it to every game.  A long time coming but finally the buzzards in the NBA recognized your talents just like Portland did.  Get that ankle rested and come back stronger than ever.  Though the officiating this year is the worst I've seen in my six years as a season ticket holder,  I know you and the team can rise above it and come out on top.  You are a star in every way.
  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 02/16/2012 10:55 PM

    you are truly the best power forward in the NBA! Way to make Rip City proud LA!
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. flyroy69
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    Posted 02/18/2012 10:57 PM

    Congratulations Lamarcus, you are a great person to represent the Blazers and the city of Portland!
    I am a fan of A VERY SPECIAL 2013-2014 SEASON!
  1. Tom Foster
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    Posted 02/19/2012 12:43 AM

    Congratulations LaMarcus it's long over due!!! 
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  1. dockaren
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    Posted 02/20/2012 5:51 PM

    Well deserved honor, LaMarcus! Enjoy the weekend and its events and hopefully some time with your mother.
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