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TUALATIN -- After teaching 35 kids his favorite offensive move, running them through an array of fundamental drills and basketball activities and organizing an end-of-the-day scrimmage, LaMarcus Aldridge allowed the participants of his first Portland basketball camp to ask any question they wanted.

Who's the toughest player to guard in the NBA? Dirk Nowitzki. What's your favorite food? Mexican.

Who's the biggest trash talker in the NBA? Kevin Garnett. Who's the dirtiest player? Reggie Evans. Do you like unicorns? Sure.

Is there going to be a lockout? Uh ...

No matter what kind of audience Aldridge runs into these days, the L-word inevitably surfaces, and Tuesday was no exception. And after the Trail Blazers' power forward finished signing autographs and posing for pictures at the camp, he acknowledged there does not appear to be an end in sight for the NBA lockout, which is approaching the conclusion of its second month.

"No," Aldridge said, when asked if there was reason for optimism. "Both sides are pretty (far) off right now. So it's going to be a while."

Aldridge, who is the Blazers' player representative in the NBA Player's Union, said he does not expect the season to start on time but does believe there will be a season eventually. That said, he is prepared to sit out all of 2011-12 if necessary.

"If that's what it takes to get a fair deal done, then yes," Aldridge said.

Aldridge has become so pessimistic he's joined the growing list of NBA players who are considering playing overseas during the lockout. He refused to go into great detail about what international leagues he's investigating or what country he would like to play in, but Aldridge said if they lockout drags on he will explore his options.

"I've thought about it; it's a possibility," Aldridge said. "My agency is looking into it."
http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2011/08/trail_blazers_forward_lamarcus_2.html
 
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