With the NBA on Thursday announcing the league-wide retirement of No. in honor of the recent passing of legendary Boston Celtics championship center Bill Russell, the Heat eventually will have dual No. jerseys hanging from the rafters of FTX Arena.
When Russell Westbrook was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, he probably thought he was going to his hometown to compete for an NBA championship. Instead, the Lakers didn’t even reach the play-in tournament, and Westbrook was made into the scapegoat. He had a hard time fitting in around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and now just about all Lakers fans want him off the team, one way or another.
Lowry said he was further fueled by the Heat coming within one victory of advancing to last season’s NBA Finals, three years after winning the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors. Right now, I’m even more motivated because I had a chance to make it to another championship,” he said. There’s something about that championship that I want another one.