A Philadelphia NBA player’s ankle injury brings his total to seven separate injuries in just two years, forcing him to miss over 20 games.
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry suffered his most recent injury on January 15 at the Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets. Lowry injured his left ankle halfway through the second quarter and headed to the locker room—seemingly for the rest of the night.
"I thought I was done," Lowry later admitted to reporters.
But as the game went on, the Philadelphia native performed much like he has all season: leaving the court with an injury only to come back to fight through the pain. He reappeared on the court with eight minutes left to play, scoring 19 points in that span, in the form of five free throws and four out of five three-pointers.
Still, the ankle was giving him trouble.
"I wanted to be more aggressive," Lowry commented.
The Nets game marked the fourth injury for Lowry this season. He sat on the sidelines with a bruised foot, an ankle sprain, and partially torn right triceps—injuries which caused him to miss 13 games completely.
Last year, the 26-year-old point guard suffered a bacterial infection, another bruised foot, and a sports hernia, resulting in 19 full games off the court. Lowry was traded to the Raptors in the offseason after previously playing for the Houston Rockets.
Although he was the 24th overall player chosen in the first round of the 2006 draft, Lowry played just 10 games with Memphis before ending his first season with a broken wrist.
It has been remarked that Lowry’s past injuries are partially due to his aggressive playing style. The point guard says the comments have led him to change his playing style—but not much.
"I am taking more jump shots," he admitted with a smile.