LaMarcus Aldridge discusses his injury at UT and how it spurred him to be great
San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge's college basketball playing days did not start off on the right foot.
Or in his case, the left hip.
During his freshman season with the University of Texas Longhorns, he suffered a season-ending left hip injury which sidelined him for his entire freshman season. But that didn't stop Aldridge from turning a bad situation into one of motivation and chance to prove his naysayers wrong.
Aldridge shared his comeback story on his Instagram which should serve as inspiration for anyone who reads his words of wisdom.
I remember this like it was yesterday. I took a nasty fall in a game on the road and I immediately felt something was wrong. Got back to Texas campus and found out I was right. I had fractured my hip joint and tore some cartilage too. People had a lot of negative things to say. They said I would never be the same. They said I won’t run the same or move the same. They said I should have went pro when I had the chance — straight out of high school. I used all those negative words to fuel me and I worked my ass off — minor set back for a major comeback! I had time to focus on my shot and mechanics. I worked harder than I had in my life. Came back the next season and killed it! ???? All the people that said I should of settled for being the 15 pick out of high school were wrong. I knew God had more planned for me and a bigger blessing!! Don’t ever feed into the negative talk you hear. Just push yourself even more to be better!
Aldridge would go on to play two seasons with the Longhorns before being selected by the Blazers in the 2006 NBA Draft as the second pick overall.
Since then, he has become a 6-time NBA All-Star (2012–2016, 2018), a 2-time All-NBA Second Team (2015, 2018) and a 3-time member of the All-NBA Third Team (2011, 2014, 2016). He also was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007).