Normally when a player is out due to injury it's because of a self inflicted injury that occurred on the basketball court. Unfortunately, LaMarcus Aldridge did nothing to remove himself from the court, however his internal organs did. LaMarcus Aldridge was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, I'm no doctor but it's something to do with the heart not beating the right way, and that's good for nobody. Hopefully it's nothing serious, although anytime you hear heart it immediately sounds very life threatening, so prayers out to LA.
What does this mean for the Spurs playoff push, though? If LA is out for the rest of the season while they try to figure out his condition and how to manage or fix it, the Spurs could be without their second best player for the entirety of the playoffs. Without LA I give the Spurs about a 0% shot at winning the western conference, and if they were to have him I'd give them about a 15% shot, doesn't seem like much but that's a big difference. LaMarcus Aldridge isn't quite the player he was in Portland, yet he still produces enough to the point I'd call him a superstar. A declining superstar for sure, but a superstar at that.
Spurs may have no hope this season with or without Aldridge, so the basketball aspect of things is on the back burner right now. Hate to see players get hit with serious life altering health issues like this, it's always extremely sad. I'd hate to see Aldridge end up in Chris Bosh's shoes waiting around to see if you come back just to never play again. Hopefully this isn't all that serious and LA is back on the court in no time, in the meantime we just have to hope this man gets better.