Spurs: Aldridge cleared to play after being sidelined by heart arrhythmia

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to resume all basketball-related activities after sitting out due to a minor heart arrhythmia.

Aldridge was first benched in Oklahoma City on March 9. The Spurs medical staff led a process that included multiple tests and examinations, according to a press release. The team also consulted with numerous experts in the field.

"We are thankful that LaMarcus will be able to rejoin the team," said Spurs General Manager RC Buford in the press release. "All of us have been impressed with the professionalism and grace he has shown in dealing with this difficult situation."

Aldridge, who has missed the Silver and Black's last two games, will be available to play against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the AT&T Center. He participated in the team's shootaround Wednesday morning. 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge has been a "consummate pro" while dealing with his heart arrhythmia issue.

"We are thrilled that the doctors feel he's fine, in the sense that we're not putting him in danger [by playing]. That's the most important part," Pop said.

He said Aldridge, 31, has been dealing with the issue for several months.

"[Aldridge] has gone through some procedures. He's shown a lot of class and a lot of fortitude in the way he's done it all," Pop said.

Patty Mills, who probably will start for Tony Parker at point guard for the fourth consecutive game, was the only player made available to the media after the shootaround. 

"We just found out this morning that he'll be ready to go," Mills said. "He looked good, so I'm sure he'll be right tonight."

Asked by a reporter if he and his teammates had worried about Aldridge, Mills said, "Yeah, for sure, no question. You just hope everything is right with your friend because it's (health) the most important thing. Basketball is besides everything else. You're obviously glad that everything's all right now and he's good to go."

Aldridge signed with the Silver and Black as a free agent in July 2015, after playing his first nine seasons with Portland. A five-time NBA All-Star, Aldridge has averaged 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 58 games this season.

Parker (back stiffness) is questionable for Wednesday night's game and Dejounte Murray (left groin) is out, Popovich said.

"How ever long it takes for him to be healthy for the rest of the season and the playoffs is what you want," Mills said, referring to Parker. "In the meantime, we'll do our best to hold the fort down for him until he gets back."

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