LaMarcus Aldridge was rumored this summer to be unhappy with his Spurs transition. But you can’t tell on the court so far this preseason. Aldridge joined the Spurs to play a new kind of team ball and do a lot of winning. During his first season he struggled through shooting slumps and doubts about how his style of post play fit in with the dynamic Spurs offense. But the winning? That happened and Aldridge is hunkering down to do more of it this year, leading the Spurs in a preseason that has Kawhi Leonard out with a quad injury.
Last night Aldridge and the Spurs did what they do — beat the newfangled Rockets, all hyped up to be a contender with the addition of Chris Paul. (Paul didn’t play.) The Spurs beat ’em convincingly too, 106-97. Aldridge poured in 26 points on 57% shooting and grabbed ten boards to lead San Antonio. And then, just to prove he’s a real Spur, Aldridge dished out 3 assists. That’s 50% more than his career average of 1.9 assists — and his matching 1.9 assists Spurs average from last year. For all the personnel moves in the Western Conference, some things stay the same. One of them seems to be the way the San Antonio Spurs play basketball. For more coverage check out NBA.com.