BY: SADIQUL IRFAN

Earlier yesterday morning, the Brooklyn Nets announced that their center, LaMarcus Aldridge, was retiring from the NBA due to an irregular heartbeat that he experienced in his final appearance with the team when they played the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. 

“”For 15 years I’ve put basketball first,” Aldridge wrote. “And now, it is time to put my health and family first.” Aldridge wrote in a heartfelt message on Instagram. 

In 2007, Doctors diagnosed him with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome which according to the Mayo Clinic, is “fairly rare” and is caused by “an extra electrical pathway” in the heart that can lead to a more rapid heartbeat.

Lamarcus Aldridge was drafted second overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2006 but was traded to Portland that night where he spent the first 9 years of his career. He then signed with San Antonio where he would spend the next five and a half years. Aldridge agreed to a buyout with the Spurs and then joined the second place Brooklyn Nets just over two weeks ago, in search of finally winning an NBA title.

Even though Aldridge didn’t live up to his aspirations, he enjoyed a 15 year career in which he was a seven time All-Star, a five time All-NBA player, and made nine trips to the NBA Playoffs.