Aldridge starts over, with same team

Aldridge starts over, with same team

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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 12: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots a free throw shot during the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** LaMarcus Aldridge

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by ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

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Posted on October 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 4:55 PM

PORTLAND -- LaMarcus Aldridge is getting a fresh start with his old team.

No, Aldridge never left the Trail Blazers, but this season is decidedly different for the All-Star forward.

The Blazers finished last season 28-38 and out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. They dismissed head coach Nate McMillan and let go of some of their more veteran players, choosing to build around Aldridge and swingman Nicolas Batum.

Aldridge is starting his seventh season with the Blazers. He's averaging 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds for his career, but last season he averaged 21.7 points, eight rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting a career-high 51.2 percent. And he made his first All-Star team.

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