NBA: Kawhi Leonard, Kawhi’s Lakers teammate on LeBron James and the Clippers, dies at age 36

By Nick KrollNBA star Kawhi Aldridge has died at the age of 36 after a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Lakers.NBA player Kawhi (left) and Lakers teammate LaMarcus Aldridge were teammates for three seasons and played on the same team.

They were teammates of the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs during their three NBA championship runs in 2012, 2014 and 2015. 

NBA player LaMarcus (right) and Pau Gasol played together on the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim during the NBA All-Star Game in 2016. 

LaMarcus Aldrid is shown with his wife and children, including daughter, Ella, in Los Angeles, California, United States, February 17, 2019. 

The Lakers announced the news on their website, and Aldridge’s family issued a statement via social media.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, teammate and colleague LaMarcus,” the statement continued. “

Our hearts go out and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.”

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, teammate and colleague LaMarcus,” the statement continued.

“LaMarcus was one of the most dynamic, dynamic and passionate players to ever grace our game and was a fan favorite on and off the court.

We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Aldridge’s Lakers were in the midst of their championship run in 2012 when the team drafted him with the ninth overall pick.

He averaged 20.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during his four seasons with the Lakers. 

During the 2016-17 season, he averaged 19.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest for the Rockets.

During his career, Aldridge averaged 20 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in his career.

In the NBA, the first overall pick in the 1991 NBA draft was one half of the Los Los Angeles Clippers.

The pair went on to play seven seasons together for the team that became the Rockets, with Aldridge leading the team in scoring during his eight seasons with Houston.

Aldrid was the second player in franchise history to win NBA MVP honors with the team he joined, joining Steve Nash.

He also won a NBA title in 2007 and won the 2009 NBA title.

A number of players were inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in the past year, including the following players who have played in the league: Curtis “Cody” Crawford (1982), Ray Allen (1984), Steve Nash (2006), Michael Jordan (2008), LeBron James (2012), Dwight Howard (2016), Damian Lillard (2017), Tim Duncan (2018), Kevin Durant (2019), Kyle Lowry (2019) and Paul George (2020). 

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was inducted in 2019.