Speaking to the Sun Sentinel before the Miami Heat's preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs, Chris Bosh offered some words of advice for his fellow big man.
Bosh said: "The transition is the hardest part. He was getting a high volume amount of touches. Frankly, it’s a lot easier to be a team guy then" adding "but now you have to play within the offense and then people are telling you to be aggressive and you don’t know how to do that. It’s going to be a continuous thing. And usually when you figure it out, the season’s over."
Speaking from experience
It might be in Aldridge's best interests to listen up to Bosh's advice. The two-time NBA champion arrived in Miami alongside LeBron James in the summer of 2010, and there were certainly some growing pains.
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"At least that’s how it was for me. I’m sure in that organization, they’re going to try to fast-track him along. But when you’re playing with all that talent, with all those expectations, you got people chirping at you what you should be doing and you know what you need to be doing within the organization, it’s tough."
Bosh struggled to play as the third option behind James and shooting guard Dwyane Wade when he arrived in Miami and received a lot of criticism in his early seasons with the Heat. After LeBron James' departure last summer Bosh has become one of the main scoring options for the Heat and enters this season after recovering from blood clots in his lung that forced him to miss a large part of the last campaign.
Free Agent Splash
Aldridge enters his first season with the Spurs after his first free agency experience. It was a big surprise when the power forward moved to San Antonio as a lot of big markets chased the biggest prize in the free agent market.
The Spurs head into the season clear favorites for the NBA title as franchise mainstays Tony Parker and future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan still lead the line. Aldridge is now part of a team with great championship experience and one of the best coaches in the world in Gregg Popovich. It will be up to him to lead the line as the Spurs chase a sixth franchise title.