Kyle Lowry on Monday shrugged off Heat president Pat Riley’s feedback that he must be in higher form, saying his conditioning as he ages shouldn’t be a difficulty.
“I didn’t even hear the comments,” Lowry stated Monday of Riley’s public problem in June. “Someone else told me about ‘em.”
And what did he take into consideration these feedback?
“It’s whatever. 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.”
So is he again on the identical weight and physique fats, one thing that was inconceivable to inform with Lowry in a T-shirt?
“I don’t even know,” Lowry, the 36-year-old level guard stated. “I’m just working and grinding. We’ll see what happens.”
Lowry answered the conditioning questions politely however typically had no use for them. Asked if that’s essential as he will get older, he stated: “That’s not a problem. That’s not a problem at all.”
He made clear that he didn’t do something totally different this offseason: “No. I spent my summer doing everything I usually do every single summer. 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.”
Asked if it’s a problem to play for a franchise that does weigh-ins extra incessantly than others, he stated: “It is what it is. It’s life. It’s life.”
Lowry,who missed 13 video games final season due to a household matter, stated the scenario stays unresolved, and he wasn’t positive if he might want to miss video games this season.
“I’m always going to be attentive to it. It’s life and as you deal with things like that sometimes certain things take a back seat. For me it’s about growing and continue to stay focused on what I have to do to help this team get to that end goal, which is to get another banner.”
Might he must miss extra video games this season due to the household challenge?
“We’ll see. We’ll see,” he answered.
He acknowledged that due to that household challenge, “I missed a lot of time last year. 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 was a personal reason. This is a new year.”
Here’s what Riley stated after final season when he challenged Lowry to “be in better shape next year:
“Kyle had a challenging year for a lot of reasons and I don’t have to get into them. They were personal and there were other things. But he had a challenging year with the move and everything. Earlier in the season, he had some injuries and missed some time and there were some personal issues.
“But the bottom line with me and for me as far as hoping that you can get the most out of a player, I don’t have to go back and talk about it, is that you got to be in world-class shape. You just have to be.
“He’s not Tyler Herro. He’s not that lean kind of guy. But I think he can be in better shape, and I do believe that the pain of losing and the reminders that you send out about this might change his mind a little bit. But I do think that he can be in better shape next year.”
Lowry addressed different points:
▪ On his remark on the finish of the season was a waste of a 12 months as a result of the Heat didn’t win a championship: “ I still feel the same way I felt when I spoke. We only play for championships. We had a great year but if it didn’t result in championships for me, I feel the same way.”
▪ On him probably enjoying off the ball extra: “You want teams that adjust to you. The league is always going to change. So you go big, small, guard, forwards, you always adapt and adjust. So you have to be ready to flow as a team in any situations.”
▪ On his second season with the Heat: “It’ll be a lot different. 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.”
▪ On the Heat changing P.J. Tucker: “I don’t think you ask anybody to do what another man does. Every individual is different. I think we have an opportunity to have guys step up and change their roles a bit and kind of adapt to a different role than they were in before.
“But I don’t think you can try to make another P.J. because there is only one P.J. We’re not trying to replace we’re trying to have another guy step up.”
Riley’s feedback adopted a disappointing postseason for Lowry, when he strained his left hamstring in Game 3 of the first-round sequence, forcing him to take a seat out eight playoff video games.
He performed two video games in opposition to Philadelphia however struggled (taking pictures 3 for 14), and wasn’t any higher when he returned for good in Game 3 the Eastern Conference finals in opposition to Boston, averaged 9.4 factors on 28.6 p.c taking pictures from the sector and 26.7 p.c taking pictures on threes, with 21 assists and 11 turnovers. The hamstring clearly restricted him.
After spending the earlier 9 seasons with the Raptors, Lowry averaged 13.4 factors whereas taking pictures 44 p.c from the sector and 37.7 p.c on threes, 4.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.1 steals final common season. The Heat was additionally 2.5 factors per 100 possessions higher when Lowry was on the court docket.
He took simply 10 photographs per recreation, down from 13.0 in his last 12 months in Toronto and his lowest whole since 2012-13.
Might he shoot extra this season? “We’ll see. Last year was kind of an adjustment year. This year I will do what’s necessary to be more successful.
“Who knows what that’s going to entail. We’re literally at media day. My first day back since the season ended. We will see once we get on court tomorrow and adapt and adjustments are made.”
This story was initially revealed September 26, 2022 1:02 PM.
Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.