Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

By Matt Calkins, Columbian Sports Reporter

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Updated: December 10, 2011, 12:46 AM

 

TUALATIN, Ore. — Normally, this type of news would elicit an “Oh, no!” But on the Blazers’ version of Black Friday, it was more like “Oh, come on!”

Several hours after Brandon Roy’s retirement became public, and a couple hours after the Blazers announced that Greg Oden had suffered a “setback” and may not return to the court this year, acting general manager Chad Buchanan revealed that power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will miss one to two weeks due to the recurrence of a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome.

Aldridge missed the Blazers’ first day of training camp Friday because he was undergoing a procedure to treat the problem — the same procedure which sidelined him for the final nine games of his rookie season.

Each year, the 26-year-old undergoes tests to check on the condition, which causes an irregular heartbeat. Friday marked the first time it had to be fixed since 2007.

Rookie Smith signs — The Blazers signed rookie point guard Nolan Smith to a deal, the details of which were not disclosed.

Portland selected Smith with the 21st overall pick last July’s drafter.

The 23-year-old averaged 20.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 points his senior at Duke, making him ACC Player of the Year and a First Team All-American.