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Dwyane Wade gets painfully honest on Jazz’s 2021-22 playoffs failure

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Utah Jazz part-owner Dwyane Wade is not overly concerned about the team’s playoffs failure this time around. After  all, he knows how hard it is to win at the highest level.

In an interview with Complex, Wade was asked on what he thinks went wrong in the Jazz’s postseason exit. Utah lost in six games, 4-2, to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, marking the fifth straight year they failed to go beyond the second round of the playoffs.

Wade, however, refused to say something went “wrong” and simply highlighted that the Jazz are a team still figuring out how to win together.

“I think that teams with All-Stars and good players, everyone comes in with the idea that ‘they have to win a championship, they have to win a championship’; and that’s one of the most unrealistic goals: for everyone to win a championship,” Wade shared.

“It’s not everyone’s time, at all times. This is a team that’s still trying to learn how to win together. Still trying to learn how to win in this league. It’s very hard to win in this league. It just doesn’t happen because you’re a great player, or a great young player, or having multiple players who are great. It’s nothing different than this team learning how to win.”

Dwyane Wade makes a great point. Besides, only one team wins the NBA championship every year and everyone else loses, regardless of whether they get knocked out in the first round or the Finals.

For what it’s worth, however, the Jazz might no longer have time to figure out how to win together after their latest failure. After their postseason exit, there have been several talks about Utah planning to break up the Donovan Mitchell-Rudy Gobert duo. The two All-Stars have even been linked in trade rumors.

It remains to be seen what will happen to the Jazz, but it is clear they have some tough decisions to make.