At 36-years-old, it is understandable that all players would want to make the most out of their remaining active years.

Although he has already experienced being an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors, the least that guys like Kyle Lowry would want at this point is to win as many titles as they can. He had hoped to do so with the Miami Heat but that did not happen.

All hopes of possibly winning an NBA title dissipated for the Heat when they fell to the Boston Celtics. Injuries to players like Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro were a factor. The same would have been a dilemma had the Heat gone on to face the Golden State Warriors.

Regardless, Lowry has spoken about the Heat’s exit, comments that could be taken out of context. But reading between the lines, the disappointment the All-Star guard aired was tied to the fact that his career is at a crossroads.

“You don’t know how many more opportunities you will have to get back to this. And so for me, to be personally honest with you, it was a waste of a year. I only play to win championships. And so, it was fun, and I appreciate the guys, my teammates, and I appreciate the opportunity. But for me, it’s a waste of a year. You’re not playing for a championship, you’re not winning the championship, it’s a wasted year,” Lowry said after their Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Celtics.

He does have a couple of more years with the Heat to win titles. However, it remains that teams need to ensure that their players are healthy for their club to have a good shot at winning it all.

Lowry had good back-to-back games but injuries have been hampering his NBA career. He was hardly felt in some games, particularly the previous losses they had against Boston at home.

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat
Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat Getty Images | Mark Brown

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