No, Kyle Lowry didn’t open his media-day interview with a declaration that he’s not fats.
The question-and-answer session with the veteran Miami Heat level guard at FTX Arena was extra delicate.
But it additionally got here towards the backdrop of Heat President Pat Riley ending final season by saying of the participant he spent $85 million on, “You have to be in world class shape, you just have to be. He’s definitely gonna have to address that and it will be addressed.”
And but it wasn’t on Monday, because the Heat regrouped forward of Tuesday’s begin of coaching camp within the Bahamas.
“I didn’t even hear the comments,” Lowry stated. “Someone else told me about ‘em.”
And when he heard what was stated?
“It’s whatever,” Lowry stated. “Honestly, he has his opinion, right? Everyone has their opinion and it doesn’t do anything for me. All I do is motivate myself, I always motivate myself.”
Beyond that, nothing quantitative supplied.
“I don’t even know,” he stated of his weight and physique fats. “I’m just working and grinding. We’ll see what happens.”
For years, Riley has burdened that older gamers have to go above and past with their conditioning to stay aggressive. Lowry turned 36 in March, now getting into the second season of the three-year deal signed when he left the Toronto Raptors in 2021 free company.
“That’s not a problem,” Lowry stated. “That’s not a problem at all.”
In the wake of Riley’s feedback, Lowry supplied common offseason updates on his social media of his exercises.
“Same summer as always, do the same thing every year,” he stated Monday. “I simply put it out much more [on] video. Same factor I do each single summer time. It was a very good summer time.
“I don’t change what I do. I go out there and create my own environment and come back and do my jobs at the highest level.”
Riley additionally took subject at season’s finish with Lowry calling 2021-22 a “waste of a year.”
To that evaluation, Riley stated, “I don’t think it was a waste of a year.”
The Heat completed final season one victory from the NBA Finals.
“I still feel the same way I felt when I spoke,” Lowry stated Monday. “We solely play for championships. We had an ideal yr, but when it didn’t end in championships for me, I really feel the
identical manner. I solely play for championships. I play the sport to be the final man, final group standing.”
Ultimately, merely standing was its personal subject for Lowry on the finish of the season, restricted via the playoffs by a hamstring damage.
He stated Monday he’s over that subject, but in addition acknowledged that the household subject that took him away for prolonged durations final season nonetheless is a priority.
“I missed a lot of time last year,” he stated. “I wasn’t able to be me. It was simple as that. I definitely wasn’t able to be myself because I missed myself. That wasn’t because of injury. It wasa personal reason. This is a new year. Whatever happened last year happened last year. I have to continue being a better basketball player this year.”
He didn’t rule out lacking time for the household matter.
“We’ll see. We’ll see,” he stated.
Still, he expects a smoother second season.
“It’ll be a lot different,” he stated. “It’ll be a lot smoother transition. It’ll be a lot easier this time, just go, to be able to flow a little bit more. Last year was kind of choppy up and down. Now I’m more settled down more, I know where everything is. So it’ll be a lot easier.”