September 23, 2021 | 5:30 pm EDT Update
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There were times when Tyler Herro felt overwhelmed last season. The Miami Heat guard would see his name linked to trades all over Twitter along with questions about his personal life and how he wasn’t taking basketball seriously. He also was preparing to become a father for the first time. Herro said it wasn’t fun. But those days, he believes, are over. His daughter is here, he said his head is clear and as Heat camp looms, the 21-year-old guard is planning for this to be his best season.
“For me, one of the biggest things was hearing people say that I partied too much, that I’m not in the gym, that I don’t love the gym,” Herro said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “If you knew me, you’d know I try to be the hardest-working dude out here. So, I think you’ll see that this year.”
His daughter, Zya Elise Herro, was born Sept. 14. The middle name is an homage to the baby’s mother, Herro’s girlfriend Katya Elise Henry. Mother and baby are doing well, and Herro said he feels like a huge weight has been lifted heading into this season. “I just feel good,” Herro said. “I feel like I have a reason now. Not that I didn’t before, but now I have another reason to be motivated every single day when I walk into the arena. I have to be the best I can every single day because I have a daughter now. And I’m in a very good spot right now.”
What didn’t see improvement was his 3-point percentage, falling from 39% to 36%. And there was a 10-game stretch in March where he really struggled — shooting 32% from the field, 22% from 3-point range, averaging just 11.3 points. But more than anything else, he simply wasn’t happy. “Last year, it was all mental,” Herro said. “I didn’t enjoy coming into work every day.”
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