Trail Blazers Forward LaMarcus Aldridge is hoping his strong play this season will earn him his first trip to the NBAAll-Star Game.

In a rare one-on-one interview with KGW's John Canzano, Aldridge talked about his drive to win in Portland and what it will take for his team to get past its struggles on the road. The Trail Blazers are currently 14-12 as they begin a two-game road trip starting Friday night at the New Orleans Hornets. They are fourth in the Northwest division and ninth place in the Western Conference.

Aldridge also talked about his close relationship with his mother. He says she is his biggest supporter and was upset when he was left off the All-Star team last year.

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