With the NBA calling on fans across the league to vote for their favorite players to take part in the annual game, Aldridge earned the 12th spot, the first non-starter. This will be his sixth all-star appearance in seven years, and his second appearance as a Spur. Plus, it turns out Aldridge's selection is a big deal for the Spurs franchise. The team has been represented at the All-Star game for 20 seasons straight.
Hell ya @aldridge_12 ! Congrats on a truly great year. Spurs fans notice the hard work you put in and it’s been a joy to watch in a tough season. You deserve even if the global fans didn’t vote that way (is what it is). Have a blast All-Star weekend and congrats again!— Dude (@DPG21920) January 24, 2018
The honor comes after it was recently revealed that Aldridge told Popovich he wanted to be traded last summer. He said he wasn't confident in his abilities and felt that the legendary coach didn't want him on the team. Once Aldridge and Popovich got all the tension out on the table, the coach said Aldridge has been a much stronger player.
I’m sorry that you got snubbed from the starting line up @aldridge_12— joseph rivera (@jrivs_) January 19, 2018
I tried my best lol. You’re still an All-Star.
That much is obvious since he's earning recognition besides the All-Star nod.