San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Bohls: Spurs need Portland LaMarcus Aldridge, not San Antonio version

Posted May 3rd, 2017


By all accounts, it was a perfect fit.

LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs were a match made in NBA heaven.


By temperament.

By Texas lineage.

By time.

The former Texas Longhorns star had put in his time in four NBA All-Star seasons in Portland and was ready to win a championship instead of franchise individual records there.

Hasn’t worked.

Not yet, anyway.

And it certainly didn’t look like a good fit Monday night when Aldridge matched the horrible performance by his Spurs teammates. He was awful. Yes, he had plenty of company in that category, save for the incomparable Kawhi Leonard. As the Spurs’ newest perennial MVP candidate, Leonard led the team with 21 points — if anyone can lead a club that embarrassed itself as San Antonio did in Houston’s 126-99 runaway win in the first game of their Western Conference semifinals series.

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