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No. 2 overall pick Aldridge sidelined until November

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right
shoulder and will miss the start of the regular season, the team
said Wednesday.

Aldridge, the second overall pick in the June draft, had the
surgery done in Los Angeles. The team said it expects him to start
rehabilitation within three weeks and return to the basketball
court in mid- to late November. Portland opens the regular season
at Seattle on Nov. 1.

The Trail Blazers acquired Aldridge and a future second-round
draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for forward Viktor Khryapa and
the draft rights to Tyrus Thomas, the fourth overall pick.

The 6-foot-11 forward from Texas averaged 11.6 points, 6.6
rebounds and 1.8 blocks in five games for Portland during the Vegas
Summer League.

The Trail Blazers did not expect Aldridge to start right away,
with power forward Zach Randolph and centers Jamaal Magloire and
Joel Przybilla on the roster.