Miami Heat: Motivation or just more ‘noise’ for Tyler Herro?

Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat poses for a portrait during media day at FTX Arena(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat poses for a portrait during media day at FTX Arena(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are a team that always knows how to find themselves in the headlines. From the dawn of the Pat Riley Era, all throughout his tenure up until now, the Miami Heat have been a front-page story for one reason or another.

Whether it be their acquisitions, something that happened in a game due to their physical nature, or merely all because of their great success in such a relatively short existence as an NBA franchise, the Miami Heat are always a story to keep up with.

For better or worse, depending on how you view it, it would almost make sense as to why Tyler Herro has seemed like a perfect fit in Miami. Like the Miami Heat, he can find himself at the center of quite the story or quite the number of stories.

The difference though between the two is that it is more inadvertent and organic with the team, whereas it can seem like Herro goes out of his way to do so at times. And perhaps, one of his most recent chats is an example of such.

The Miami Heat have themselves a scoring machine in Tyler Herro. He just has to be consistent and not allow outside ‘noise’ to get the best of him along the way.

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Check this quote out from a training camp piece by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. This is the one that’s been making the rounds.

"“There’s players across the league that have gotten paid who I know I’m better than. So it’s got to be the right number,” he said, with the Heat continuing camp on makeshift courts at the resort’s convention center.Among recent extensions that have been used as means of comparison have been the four-year, $107 million, incentive-laden contract signed this summer by the New York Knicks’ R.J. Barrett, the four-year, $90 million extension signed last October by the Phoenix Suns’ Mikal Bridges, the four-year $107 million extension previously signed by the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, as well as four-year deals in the $75 million range signed by the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris, the Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., the Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon and the Knicks’ Evan Fournier."

Known for using outside influence or thoughts as motivation for his play, it has worked out for Herro up until this point in his career. Though you can definitely argue that he hasn’t shown you enough in the playoffs yet, other than his NBA Bubble showing, he did spend a large majority of last season in the top 25 as far as scoring is concerned.

And that was all from the bench and en route to the NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Award. Again though, he can also fall victim to that outside influence and let it drive him into oblivion, basketball-wise.

You just hope that this is a case of the former and not the latter for him. You hope that this is more motivation and not just more “noise” from the scoring machine.

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If he continues along his current trajectory and at the same pace, then the Miami Heat certainly have one of the league’s best scorers on their hands. He just has to be sure to keep being that when it matters the most.