Originally Posted by Grinder
Where'd you get the impression that Aldridge is 7'1"? He measured out 6'11" in shoes and 6'10" barefoot at the combine. Look up a pic of him standing next to Greg Oden, he's clearly shorter.
Regardless of height, he's made it known he prefers playing the 4 and that's where he's excelled. He might have a jumper like Karl Malone but the similarities end there. He's nowhere near and likely never will be anywhere as strong or aggressive as the mailman was.
No idea why you'd want to get rid of Meyers Leonard. He's a young, athletic 7'1" center and has a ton of potential to be an ideal front court partner to Aldridge.
The Blazers starting 5 is fine, they just need to shore up their bench to solidify their playoffs hopes and they have the cap space to do it.
Aldridge is not 6'11 now. He's huge. He's even big in NBA2k. Watch the Knicks game and he might be taller than Tyson Chandler. Guy is not 6'11.
I don't want to get rid of Leonard. I didn't say that I did. But they should want to get that starting 5 better right now. Whether they think Leonard is ready to step in or if it's an immediate upgrade...or more solid pieces and maybe pick someone up.
And in regards to Malone I'm talking strictly jumpshot and touch. Especially his touch around the basket. He has great hands, like Malone, and he has the softest touch in the league.