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Tyler Herro

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Tyler Herro Is Better At Being A Celebrity Than He Is At Basketball

Tyler Herro
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2020 Tyler Herro Is Missing. Where Did He Go?

As most people know, the Miami Heat in 2020 made one of the most unlikely runs to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the Heat fell short against the powerhouse Lakers and Miami could not stop the LeBron/Anthony Davis combo. Since then, lots of fans and analysts around the game have asked: what happened to the Heat this year? Why aren’t they performing at least up to the standards they were in 2020? Well for one, last season in the NBA was a complete mess, and any momentum that teams had in March going into the later stages of the season disappeared once COVID hit. Second, Kobe passed away and the tragic news shook the whole NBA for quite some time. And thirdly, one of the major pieces in the Heat’s playoff run in 2020 was Tyler Herro, who has gone M.I.A. on the court since the Finals.

Since then, the Heat roster has not changed drastically by any means. Most notably, the Heat lost Kelly Olynyk and gained a rising star in Victor Oladipo. Yet still, Miami currently sits at 29-28, barely clinging on to a seventh seed in the East. The Eastern Conference this year is all over the place with the exception of the Brooklyn Nets, who have become a super-team this season and will in all likelihood go to the NBA finals. Anyways, back to my original point: Tyler Herro sucks, and he will forever go down as a ‘bubble fluke’.

Last season in the 2020 playoffs, Herro averaged 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 21 games. Even that stat line does not do his playoff performance justice because he had a tremendous series against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals where he put up 22 points and 37 points in consecutive games at crucial points in the series. He was shooting lights out from the three-point line and completely came out of nowhere off the Miami bench. In 2021, Herro is averaging 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, which isn’t a huge regression. But his shooting has not been as efficient and the Heat organization has other concerns about Herro off the court.

The Heat Have Reportedly Been Concerned About Herro For Months

On the “Inside the Paint” podcast, hosts Ira Winderman (South Florida-Sun Sentinel) and Ethan Skolnick (Five Reasons Sports Network) went in-depth on the Herro situation Miami, and the word was not good to say the least.

Tyler Herro chose to become a celebrity,” Winderman said, “He chose to become something outside the game, as is his right. With his breakfast cereal, and his Tyler Tuesdays, and his Chipotle Bowl and that’s all well and good. But you know what? Other players when they see a player doing that before they’ve truly reached it. I don’t know if I want to say there’s a jealousy. … They sort of take a scant view of the guy and say, ‘Wait a minute buddy. You haven’t done anything yet.’”

Yikes. I mean there’s some players who just let the fame get the best of them and it appears Tyler Herro is one of those players. In his last four games, Herro has failed to score more than 10 points, and apparently the Heat aren’t completely surprised by his struggles. Skolnick said:

Ultimately, the team starts to get a certain level of concern. In this particular case, the team has been concerned now for months.”

The Heat have been underwhelming as a whole this season, but Tyler Herro’s struggles aren’t helping the cause either. Ever since Herro went public with an Instagram model last year, his game has not been the same. He’s got special cereal, ‘Tyler Tuesdays’, and a Chipotle bowl. That’s an excellent off-court career. Sure, he may be winning off the court, but he is not helping the Heat win on the court. Miami barely squeaked by last night thanks to Bam Adebayo and if it weren’t for him, the Heat would have lost their fourth straight. Who knows why Tyler Herro is struggling, but one thing is for sure: Tyler Herro was an anomaly last year, and a product of the NBA bubble.

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