In the last couple years, we have seen quite a few franchise stars leave their team with championship aspirations. Whether it was Cleveland star Lebron James leaving home, or leaving another home, or other stars such as Chris Bosh, going-home games are always nail biting.

Tonight, we’re in for a good one when we will see Lamarcus Aldridge star go up against the team he was on for nine seasons until getting traded to the San Antonio Spurs this summer, as they face off with the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland.

Aldridge should be ready to hear some mixed emotions from the crowd, as he will have some extreme fans rooting him on, and other Trail Blazers fans that might not show too much love, especially after the drama that took place in the summer. This was the result of Aldridge stating that he wanted to pass Clyde Drexler on the Portland Trailblazers all-time points list, and stay on one team for his entire career.

Evidently, Spurs head honcho Gregg Popovich is pretty convincing, as Aldridge agreed to a 4-year $84 Million deal this past summer to join the San Antonio Spurs and help get one last run at that championship trophy with veterans Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli.

So far into the season, Aldridge has gotten the better end of the deal. Even though Portland star point guard Damian Lillard is among the leagues leaders in points with 27.5 a game, the Trail Blazers stand at 4-4, evidently showing signs of struggle without the All-star big man.

On the other end, the Spurs (5-2) are playing well as always through their journey of the regular season. Consistent performances by Aldridge, Leonard, and the usual greatness of the veterans have led many people to believe that have a legitimate chance at another run for the trophy this season.

Tune in at 7:30pm PT!


Hagop Margossian

Spark Sports NBA Analyst