LaMarcus Aldridge: “I’m Definitely Going To Shoot More Threes”
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is considered one of the best at his position, mostly due to his versatile skill set at 6-foot-11. In a recent Q&A interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio, which was transcribed by Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers official blog Forward Center, Aldridge spoke on the next big development in his game – stepping behind the three-point line:
LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m definitely going to shoot more threes. Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years. I think I’m the last player who didn’t want to shoot threes. I just wanted to wait until I was more comfortable with it. I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it. Coach has already put me in plays where I’m in the corner more, I can down the three. I think that’s going to be one of the things I bring to the team this year.
This seems to be a sure thing from Aldridge, who also says he has the approval of his head coach Terry Stotts on the matter. Aldridge could be considered a stretch-big in the sense that his mid range shooting has become a vital and unique aspect of his game, but positioning him more on the three-point line would make it official.
With his shooting touch, he’s certainly capable of the task, and extending his game would only expand the offensive array of the Trail Blazers.