Aldridge relieved, says back injury could have been worse

Aldridge relieved, says back injury could have been worse
March 14, 2014, 10:45 am
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LA: I was freaking out, never felt that kind of pain before

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NEW ORLEANS -- As the Portland Trail Blazers went through shootaround this morning in preparation for the New Orleans Pelicans, LaMarcus Aldridge sat on the scorers table holding a pair of crutches.

The three-time All-Star power forward suffered a lower back contusion after a hard fall in Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. When it occurred, it didn’t look too good especially considering he was seen in a wheelchair after the game.

Friday, Aldridge addressed the media for the first time since the injury occurred and says he is just happy that it wasn’t anything too serious.

“I’m just relieved that it’s just a bruise and not a broken tailbone or something,” Aldridge said. “It could have been a lot worse. When I was in the air, I didn’t know what to expect. When I hit the ground, I was in so much pain that all I could think about was the pain and if it was something serious. To get the MRI back was a relief.”

Aldridge will be out at least two games before being reevaluated next week. The rehabilitation process consists of icing the area and range of motion exercises. He says he has had trouble sleeping over the last two days and the use of crutches is fulltime, as of now.

“The back supports everything,” he said. “Every move you make, your back has a part to play in it. I really need the crutches all the time right now. I really can’t do anything without them.”

The power forward says he believes the team will do well, mentioning that they were 4-1 when he was out with a groin injury. He’s confident they’ll hold the fort down until he’s ready to go.

“Guys will step up,” he said. “They’ve done it before. As soon as I’m capable of coming back, I’ll be back as soon as possible. It’s a tough time right now but I know we’ll pull through.”

Head Coach Terry Stotts will announce during his pre-game address who will start in place of Aldridge. All signs point to Dorell Wright getting the nod, but we'll see this afternoon.