Before DeAndre Jordan went about stealing his thunder, it was LaMarcus Aldridge who was the talk of the free agency market.
The veteran center ultimately ended up signing with the San Antonio Spurs but not before he set the rumor mill abuzz meeting with a whole host of NBA teams.
The Los Angeles Lakers were front and center in all of the speculation and they were widely criticized for what was seen as a total failure of a meeting with the former Blazers star. Now Aldridge himself has spoken about just how the infamous Lakers meeting went down.
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Speaking to ESPN radio's 'The Russillo Show', the new Spurs star actually appeared to defend the Los Angeles franchise, denying it was as cataclysmic as the media made out:
"With the Lakers, it wasn't anything crazy...It was just the (first) meeting didn't go as well as I wanted it to, so I did another one."
"People blew it out of proportion about things happening in the meeting. That wasn't correct. It just didn't go as good as I wanted it to so I had one more."
The original meeting between the Lakers and Aldridge was described as a total miss-step by the famous Los Angeles franchise.
The Lakers were thought to have focussed too much on their strong history rather than attempting to explain how LaMarcus Aldridge could be involved in an exciting future at the Staples Center.
Evidently it wasn't as much of a disaster as some had thought but, with a second meeting also failing to hit the mark, the fact the Lakers failed to attract the top end of the free agency market is undeniable.
The Lakers at least managed to sit down with the All-Star on two occasions, unlike the New York Knicks.
It was said at the time that Aldridge cancelled his meeting with the NYC franchise but, according to the player himself, it was more of a mutual decision:
"About the New York Knicks, they told me that they wanted me to play strictly [center]."
“So they didn’t want to meet with me. People was saying it was me, but it was both parties agreeing that we shouldn’t meet.”