For years, prior to the current work of reshuffling the team’s roster, Miami Heat President Pat Riley has demonstrated the art of setting the offseason agenda.
Part of that effort this time, after his team fell a game behind the NBA Finals, was to emphasize the need to return hungrier.
So, no sooner had guard Tyler Herro done what numerous high-profile sixth men had done before by ending the season by emphasizing he wanted to emerge as a starter when Riley calculated last month offered, “If he wants to start, deserve it to you.”
Riley also said: “As far as it’s a starter, we’ll see in October. Come to the training camp and win. It’s something you deserve. Sometimes it’s that simple.”
Only on social media, it’s never that easy.
So when Herro arrived to watch the Heat in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Herro knew what was to come. And it did at the NBA 2K House of Greatness launch event.
When asked about his goals for the future on the event’s red carpet, Herro said, “I’m trying to be a starter in this league and then one day be an All-Star. So that’s the next step.”
To that end, the 2022 NBA sixth man of the year didn’t back down even when asked if he could potentially start alongside Jimmy Butler, which he did just three times last season with the heat 1-2 in those games.
“I think it’s going to look great,” he said. “See what’s happening, see what’s happening at training camp.”
But no, no awkward feelings as Riley takes the hard line from Herro and earns his way onto the grid.
“He keeps giving me advice,” he said of Riley. “Every time I talk to him, he always gives me a new book to read.”
Herro then took the opening win of the Heat in Vegas on Saturday, alongside teammates Max Strus and Gabe Vincent and coach Erik Spoelstra, just across from the Heat bench.
Another intrigue surrounding Herro’s off-season is the current negotiation window for an extension, a window that will close with the start of the regular season. Should Herro be signed for such an extension, he would be essentially non-tradable this season due to salary cap rules.
For now, Herro said during his promotional appearance that the approach remains basic.
“Ready to keep playing hard,” he said, “and keep putting up numbers and winning games.”
Amid the Heat’s two-day hiatus before a return to the court in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Eastern Game against the Atlanta Hawks summer roster (NBA TV), summer league coach Malik Allen cautioned against exaggerating the uneven play of the first-round draft pick Nikola Jović.
The 6-foot-11-19-year-old was scoreless in Saturday’s Heat’s 88-78 win over the Boston Celtics, missing his only shot.
This comes after Jovic scored 25 goals in his last game in the summer league.
“It’s a change for him. And we’ll find more ways to involve him,” Allen said, with the heat casting Jovic playing more of an inside role after the lithe prospect played mostly on the periphery in Europe. “He will make it. He will get there. It will be a process with him. It won’t come right away. He must be steadfast.
“I know what it’s going to be like in terms of his development and how it’s going to evolve because he’s going to do it because he has so much skill and potential.”
Just as Haywood told Highsmith his goal going forward was to offer the intangibles that the late power forward PJ Tucker provided last season, Summer League teammate Mychal Mulder cited the similarities after Highsmith’s win on Saturday had scored 14 points and six rebounds.
“H let it go, man,” Mulder said. “He has all the intangibles. He’s reminiscent of Tuck playing that role last year. And he really accepts that. You know what I mean? He sets good screens. He comes under the defense. He defends with an aggression that hardly anyone else has on the pitch.
“There’s a lot of things he does that don’t show up on the stat sheet, but they really lead to wins, to winning basketball.”
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/07/10/for-starters-heat-tyler-herro-willing-to-be-patient-says-no-issue-with-pat-riley/ For starters, Heat’s Tyler Herro says being patient, no problem with Pat Riley – Orange County Register