Audio/Transcript: LaMarcus Aldridge On The Dan Patrick Show

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge was a guest Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show and things got a bit silly, to put it lightly. Patrick asks Aldridge about his 46-point, 18-rebound performance in Game 1 versus Houston, but that’s about where the discussion of basketball ends. The rest of interview is Patrick goading Aldridge on various subjects like Houston’s defense (or lack thereof), how many televisions he has in his home (and if he can stay there when he visits Portland) to whether he would start a team with Kevin Durant or LeBron James. I went ahead and transcribed it for you, but this is an interview that is best listened to.

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Dan Patrick: He’s LaMarcus Aldridge. He had a decent game in Game 1 against the Rockets. He merely went for 46 points, 18 rebounds and two assists and he joins us on the program. LaMarcus, how are you this morning?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m doing well. And you?

Dan Patrick: I have no complaints. You tired after Game 1?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I was. It was a long game. I think both teams definitely tried to grind it out. I was definitely tired after Game 1, but I’ve had one or two days of rest, so I’m good to go now.

Dan Patrick: Okay, have you ever been too tired from shooting?

LaMarcus Aldridge: Uh, that’s a good question. I don’t know. I think a couple games in my career where I’ve had maybe a high 30 amount of shots, I might have been a little tired because as you take more shots, you get tired. But I think if you make most of your shots then I think you get more energy. In my past I might have missed most of those shots that I took, so I was tired. But after the last game I definitely wasn’t tired.

Dan Patrick: Is Dwight Howard the Dwight Howard of old?

LaMarcus Aldridge: To me, he is. I think he just plays a different role with this Houston Rockets team. He has more help and he has James Harden, who probably takes a little bit of that burden off of him. He still tries to be dominant down low, he still blocks shots. I think he still does all the things he did when he was in Orlando. I think he’s just has more help now.

Dan Patrick: Let’s me honest: 46 points is nice against the Rockets, but they don’t play any defense LaMarcus.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Uh, I think they do. Yeah, they do. They blocked two of my shots. Dwight Howard clogs the lane. I think most of my shots were kind of tough. I think in the playoffs everybody plays defense, or they at least try. I wouldn’t say that they don’t play defense. I wouldn’t say it was an easy 46. It was definitely tough and I feel like they definitely made all my looks tough. I can’t say they don’t play defense, I’m sorry.

Dan Patrick: Alright, so they played defense twice when they blocked your shot. But getting 46 against the Rockets is really like getting 30 against another team.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Man, tough crowd today (laughs).

Dan Patrick: I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Maaaan, way to devalue my performance. Thanks.

Dan Patrick: Well I’m trying to get you pumped up that 46, okay, I expect a little bit more in Game 2.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Oh, wow. I’m definitely going to try to win and do what I can do, but I don’t know if I can do more than that. I think that was one of those performances.

Dan Patrick: LaMarcus, I was around when Bird and Magic and Michael played. I expect greatness every single night.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Hey, me too. I’m definitely going to try to be great every night. I’m gonna turn the page on that one. My question is, when you coming to Portland?

Dan Patrick: I’m coming out in July. I was thinking maybe we could stay at your crib.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Sounds good. I have a nice little guest room for you. You can just set up shop there and you’ll be good to go.

Dan Patrick: How many TVs do you have?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m a TV guy. That’s tough. Let me just try to count really quickly here.

Dan Patrick: Over or under 12 TVs in the Aldridge mansion?

LaMarcus Aldridge: One, two, three, four, five, six … maybe under. Maybe right under 12.

Dan Patrick: Cause I like to watch myself on TV a lot on a lot of different channels.

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’ve heard that about you. I’ve heard that about you.

Dan Patrick: Have you ever come home and watched yourself on TV, just you watching yourself. Like, when you got through Game 1 against the Rockets did you come home and go “Damn I’m good”?

LaMarcus Aldridge: Um, nah I came home and I was like, I’m truly blessed, cause without God that performance wouldn’t have been possible. In the moment it felt surreal but I just felt overly blessed at that moment.

Dan Patrick: Well, I do too, but I’d still come home and say “Damn I was good.”

LaMarcus Aldridge: Nah, I don’t think it’s even hit me yet. I’m so locked in on trying to win every game and just do my job that I haven’t really like thought about it yet.

Dan Patrick: He’s LaMarcus Aldridge, the humble Blazers forward joining us on the Dan Patrick Show. Did you help recruit Durant to Texas? Did you host him when he came down there or was it the other way around?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I did, I did. I was his host when he came down. We played open gym, hung out, talked a little bit. Rick Barnes was ecstatic to have him down there. He said that KD was one of those guys that come along every once in a while. I really didn’t watch high school basketball so I didn’t have a clue, but I trusted Rick’s judgement and he was right.

Dan Patrick: Okay, how skinny was he though LaMarcus? When Kevin Durant came to Texas, he’s 6-9, 100 and what?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I don’t know, he was pretty skinny. He was skinny because I was smaller when I first got there but he was smaller than me, so that was impressive to be smaller than I was. He was pretty skinny.

Dan Patrick: Did you realize at that time how good this guy was or could be?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I knew he was good but I didn’t know he was going to be this good. I saw how skilled he was and how tall he was and how he could make plays and make things happen, with his height I thought he could shoot it. But I didn’t know he was going to be this great.

Dan Patrick: If I said you could start your teams with Durant or LeBron …

LaMarcus Aldridge: Come on man, how you gonna do me like this?

Dan Patrick: Come on! I play better defense than

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the Rockets do. I’ve got to put a little heat on your. You’re starting your team …

LaMarcus Aldridge: I don’t know. I need more time! A GM doesn’t have to make the decision right away. They’ve got time to do homework.

Dan Patrick: This is right on the moment. It’s like when you decide if you’re going to take a shot or a pass, it’s right now! I just threw you the ball: LeBron or Durant?

LaMarcus Aldridge: It’s not that simple! Either I’m open or I’m not open. Right now I could be open, they’re closing out to me, I don’t know if he’s going to run all the way out, he could stop short. There’s things going on that I don’t know yet.

Dan Patrick: You’ve got a wide-open 15-footer and nobody is around you LaMarcus. It’s just you, I throw it to you, there’s no defense, you’re right at the foul line and I go “LeBron or Kevin Durant?” as I throw it to you and you go …

LaMarcus Aldridge: (Laughs) I can’t answer it. It’s too tough. They’re both great players, they both do things that make their team better. That’s tough. I can’t. I can’t answer that, I’m sorry.

Dan Patrick: I’ll answer it for you.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Okay, who would you take?

Dan Patrick: Politically correct answer is Kevin Durant for you.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Of course, we’re both Longhorns. But I want to be real with you: of course he’s great and so is LeBron, so I’m not going to say what I should say. I want to give a real answer but I don’t know what I should say.

Dan Patrick: But you’ve already said it! LaMarcus, by not saying it, you said it, and I appreciate that.

LaMarcus Aldridge: I can’t win with you!

Dan Patrick: I think the headline is going to come out “LaMarcus Aldridge says Kevin Durant is overrated, He likes LeBron better.” I think that’s what the story says.

LaMarcus Aldridge: No! No! Ah man.

Dan Patrick: LaMarcus, not a true LongHorn, he goes with LeBron.

LaMarcus Aldridge: I did not say that. No, they’re both great players.

Dan Patrick: Okay. You know who I’m taking?

LaMarcus Aldridge: Who you taking?

Dan Patrick: LeBron.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Okay.

Dan Patrick: You know why?

LaMarcus Aldridge: Why?

Dan Patrick: He’s giving me the ball! Kevin Durant ain’t throwing you the ball LaMarcus!

LaMarcus Aldridge: That’s your opinion. I’m not in it. I don’t know who I would choose. They’re both great players. That’s my answer, I’m sticking to it.

Dan Patrick: Alright, when I go to Portland in July, give me the restaurant where I have to go.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Oh, there’s so many. Whatever I say, half of Portland is going to be mad at me because there’s probably a place they feel is better.

Dan Patrick: Would you rather answer the Kevin Durant/LeBron James question or the restaurant question?

LaMarcus Aldridge: (Laughs) Nobody told me I was going to be attacked by you. I thought you were a Trail Blazer fan, like you liked us. But I feel like you have some hate towards me right now. What did I do to you?

Dan Patrick: But LaMarcus, here’s the thing: The more I like you, the tougher my questions.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Man. Okay. You must really like me then.

Dan Patrick: You should hear the questions I ask my wife and my kids!

LaMarcus Aldridge: I don’t want to hear those questions then. Those are probably mind-boggling.

Dan Patrick: You know what, when I come to Portland, I’m going to pick a restaurant and I’m taking you to dinner, my treat.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Sounds good. So you should ask the fans where they would choose and hopefully it’s somewhere I’ve never been so I can try that with you.

Dan Patrick: Here’s the problem LaMarcus: When I ask my fans where to go, oh they tell me where to go and it’s not a restaurant. So, just letting you know. They can be tough with me.

LaMarcus Aldridge: They’re paying you back for being tough with them.

Dan Patrick: So after you beat the Rockets and move on to the next round, right, who do you face in the next round after you beat the Rockets?

LaMarcus Aldridge: I can’t do that. Man. We have won one game, it’s a lot of games left and we’re staying focused and we know every game is going to be a fight so we’re just going to try to keep doing what we’re doing.

Dan Patrick: Look at you. By the way, tell your coach I say hello. I’ve known Terry a long, long time. And if you want some stories about Terry, I’d be more than happy to tell those to you privately.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Yeah, make sure you tell me some when you come to Portland so I can use it against him.

Dan Patrick: He’s a good man. Known him a long time. Hey, congrats, good luck in Game 2 against the Rockets.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Alright, thank you. Thanks for having me.

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VIDEO: Phantom Cam Recap And All 12 Of Lillard's Game 4 Field Goals

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
9 months ago

The Trail Blazers have arrived in Memphis for tomorrow’s Game 5 at FedExForum (tipoff scheduled for 6:30 pm on KGW, TNT and 620 AM), wherein they will try to extend their postseason by getting their first road win of the series.

But before we completely turn the page on Game 4, let’s look back at some of the highlights, if for no other reason than it was the first time during this series that the Trail Blazers turned in a performance worthy of repeated viewing.

First, there’s the phantom cam highlights, which recaps Game 4 in super slo-mo. Damian Lillard’s spin move past Tony Allen and Beno Udrih, which he followed up by finishing with a reverse layup while absorbing contact from Marc Gasol at the 50 second mark has to be one of the best plays of Portland’s 2015 postseason.

Here’s the Vine of that Lillard spin move finish for easier repeated viewing…

And on the topic of Lillard, he scored a career playoff-high 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting in Game 4, which prompted the NBA to put together a package of all of his field goals Monday night. They also tossed in two of his game-high seven assists for good measure.

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VIDEO: Phantom Cam Recap And All 12 Of Lillard’s Game 4 Field Goals

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
9 months ago

The Trail Blazers have arrived in Memphis for tomorrow’s Game 5 at FedExForum (tipoff scheduled for 6:30 pm on KGW, TNT and 620 AM), wherein they will try to extend their postseason by getting their first road win of the series.

But before we completely turn the page on Game 4, let’s look back at some of the highlights, if for no other reason than it was the first time during this series that the Trail Blazers turned in a performance worthy of repeated viewing.

First, there’s the phantom cam highlights, which recaps Game 4 in super slo-mo. Damian Lillard’s spin move past Tony Allen and Beno Udrih, which he followed up by finishing with a reverse layup while absorbing contact from Marc Gasol at the 50 second mark has to be one of the best plays of Portland’s 2015 postseason.

Here’s the Vine of that Lillard spin move finish for easier repeated viewing…

And on the topic of Lillard, he scored a career playoff-high 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting in Game 4, which prompted the NBA to put together a package of all of his field goals Monday night. They also tossed in two of his game-high seven assists for good measure.

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Trail Blazers Look To Get Damian Lillard Going

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
10 months ago

The first two games of their first round series versus the Memphis Grizzlies have been rough for the Trail Blazers, particularly for Damian Lillard. While no Blazer has played particularly well thus far, Lillard’s struggles have been the most noticeable, especially when contrasted with his performance in last year’s first round matchup against the Rockets, a series that culminated with the 6-3 guard out of Weber State hitting a now legendary Game 6 series-winning three-pointer as time expired.

While his Game 6 performance is the most enduring memory of that series, Lillard was spectacular through all six games. He averaged 25.5 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field and a ridiculous 49 percent shooting from three while also adding 6.7 assists, 6.3 rebound and 1.3 steals in a hefty 44.7 minutes per game (you may recall that three of the six games went to overtime). The Spurs had much more success slowing him down in the second round, holding him to just 17 percent shooting from three, though he still shot 41 percent from the field and averaged almost 20 points and just over six rebounds before the Trail Blazers were eliminated by the eventual World Champions in five games.

Flash forward to today and one imagines Lillard would be happy to play as well as he did against the Spurs, let alone the Rockets, versus the Grizzlies. Shooting just 27 percent from the field and a perplexing nine percent from three, the third-year point guard lamented after practice Friday afternoon that the Grizzlies’ defense has been all but impenetrable through the first two games.

“It’s been tough,” said Lillard. “They do a really good job of clogging up the paint, keeping a lot of bodies in the paint to where it’s kind of uncomfortable being down there because they’re playing physical and they’re playing really good team defense. You’ve got to give them credit, but the good looks I do get, I’ve got to make those shots. I just haven’t made shots.”

Lillard, along with the rest of the team, has studied film in an effort to figure out way that he might get himself going heading into Game 3 Saturday night at the Moda Center. He may try to get the ball up the court quicker and look to set up his teammates more often in an effort to make the game easier for everyone involved.

“Watching film, I see a lot of times where even if they’re crowding up and there’s not a shot for me, there’s times where I can make plays for other guys,” said Lillard. “There’s always adjustments I can make. Using screens better, picking spots better, pushing the tempo. It’s really hard to score on them in the halfcourt when their defense is set, so just trying to create better opportunities, maybe make more plays so they loosen up on just trying to control me so much. Just make the game easier for myself.”

But even though there are areas in which he could better exploit what little the Grizzlies are giving him, if he’s not able to make the shots that he typically makes, be it in the playoffs last year or the regular season this year, no amount of changing up is going to make much difference.That’s why, even though you’re likely to see Terry Stotts try a few new things to get Lillard going, it’s unlikely that wholesale changes are going to be implemented. That would be impractical and also foolish, as much of what the Blazers are doing are the same things that worked well in the past, including against the Rockets in last year’s playoffs.

“We’ve done somethings, we made some adjustments between Game 1 and Game 2, different sets,” said Stotts of what he and his staff have done to try and help Lillard find his offensive rhythm. “He’s missed some good shots. A lot of the shots he’s made over the course of his career, he’s had, so you don’t want to over-analyze and do things — we’re doing a lot of the same things that have gotten him to this point. The ball is going to be in his hands, we’ve looked at different things. But ultimately, the one thing is — for everybody, not just Damian but everybody– passing the ball, finding the ball on the weakside, creating opportunities for your teammates to get easier shots. I think that lends itself to more rhythm at the offensive end.”

Portland will need that improved rhythm, and a steady dose of shot-making, if they’re to best the Grizzlies Saturday night for the first time in their last six tries. If the Trail Blazers managed to get there offensive going and still lose, they’ll know that the Grizzlies are simply a better team on both sides of the ball. But if they can somehow shake off two disappointing offensive performances to take Game 3, they’ll give themselves a chance to repeat their success against the Rockets last season rather than mimicking their failures versus the Spurs.

“We haven’t been down in a situation like this where we haven’t played well,” said Lillard. “Last year against the Spurs we lost the first three games but in that series we were making some shots, they just outplayed us. Now we’re struggling on the offensive end. It’s different but it’s a new challenge. I think we should be excited to have this opportunity because it seems like everything is going downhill. ‘Do they have a chance?’ It’s an opportunity for us to rise up again. They won the two on their court, now we’ve got to try and take it one game at a time and take care of our home court and see where it goes.”

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