You want a better kind of future, one that everyone could share. You’re not alone, we all could use it, stick around, we’re nearly there. I’m comin’ up. -Paul McCartney & Wings
In baseball last season, we had the Year of the Pitcher. From Dallas Braden on May 9, to Roy Halladay in the postseason, the pitchers were the story of Major League Baseball. In football last season, we had the Year of the Quarterback. From Michael Vick running roughshod over the competition to Tom Brady becoming the first ever unanimous MVP, the quarterbacks were the story of the National Football League. So what about the NBA? What’s this the year of? Glad you asked. This is the Year of the Big Man. From Kevin Love’s 30/30 to Blake Griffin’s thunderous dunks, the big man is the story of the NBA. While the exploits of newcomers Love and Griffin, as well as mainstays Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire, have been well documented, there’s another big man we should be talking about. We should be talking about LaMarcus Aldridge.
This off-season, the Chicago Bulls desperately needed a post presence and got one in Carlos Boozer. This off-season, that acquisiton earned the Bulls some very glowing reviews. The thinking was, Boozer gave the Baby Bulls that solid four-man the team has coveted for years. As right at as that thinking has proven to be, last night, Carlos Boozer got used and abused. Last night, Carlos Boozer got stewed, screwed and tattoed. Last night, it was LaMarcus Aldridge doing the using and abusing. Last night, it was Lamarcus Aldridge doing the stewing, screwing and tattooing.
When LaMarcus Aldridge came out of Texas, he was heralded for his stellar defensive play. So heralded, he earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. So heralded, he earned the number two spot in the 2006 NBA Draft. Now he’s become a force on the offensive blocks. Now he’s become a horse on the offensive blocks. Staying the course on the offensive blocks. Aldridge stayed the course last night. Against Tom Thibodeau’s defensive minded Bulls, he was dominant from beginning to end. Against Tom Thibodeau’s defensive minded Bulls, he put up some big numbers. He put some gaudy numbers. He put up a plethora of numbers. Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora.
LaMarcus Aldridge knows what it means to have a plethora. He knows a career-high 42 points is a plethora. He knows because he just filled it up buttercup for 40 against the vaunted San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Do you know the only other NBA players to score 40-plus points twice in a five-game span this season are Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade? Or that the last Portland player to do it was Clyde Drexler in April 1989. Well like Bell Biv Devoe, now you know.
You also know, last night, Aldridge was collecting alley-oop lobs for dunks. You also know, last night, Aldridge was displaying a variety of post moves. Kevin McHale post moves. You knw, Torture Chamber post moves. Torturing the Bulls when it mattered most. Scoring 11 points during a crucial fourth-quarter stretch when it mattered most. Scoring 13 of the Blazers’ final 18 points when it mattered most. Blazers win! Blazers win! The Blazers are now playing for their postseaon lives. With LeMarcus Aldridge manning the post, they are like Allstate. With LeMarcus Aldridge manning the post,they are in good hands.
Peace out homies. Six two and even!