Miami Heat: Erik Spoelstra ‘so grateful’ to have Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat talks with head coach Erik Spoelstra against the Cleveland Cavaliers(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat talks with head coach Erik Spoelstra against the Cleveland Cavaliers(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are almost back to playing real and live basketball. It’s a time to be excited.

With the newest NBA season on the horizon, things are really starting to take shape about how it might look around the league with each team. One of the first steps to figuring it all out, an ever so important first step, is training camp.

In the Bahamas for theirs, the Miami Heat continue to sort things out that they may not have accounted for in the offseason, while surely beginning to nail out a rotation at each position. With questions and theories surrounding many of the players, one guy didn’t leave it to the imagination when addressing a topic that was associated with him during the offseason.

Speaking on Pat Riley’s comments about his conditioning at the end of last season, Kyle Lowry would come off a bit brash, ultimately saying that he is all that motivates himself to do anything. And though that situation does deserve to be monitored, there are other important figures in the Miami Heat organization still singing very high praises of Kyle Lowry.

The Miami Heat will only go as far as the best players can take them and Coach Spo knows that. That’s a huge part of why he’s ‘so grateful’ for Kyle Lowry.

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Here is what Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, had to say at practice on Wednesday. It comes from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel

"“I love where Kyle is in camp right now. He’s ready to go,” Spoelstra said. “He’s leading. He’s in great shape. He’s in a great frame of mind, and I think it’s important for all of us to have a little bit of grace and empathy for everything that Kyle went through last year. But that’s last year.“The most important thing for me is we have our Hall of Fame quarterback. He and I are really going to probably feel it the most this season. Myself and the coaching staff devising a system where we can take advantage of all the strengths of our players; our Hall of Fame quarterback distributing the basketball and keeping everybody happy and keeping everybody feeling like they’re eating. That’s why I’m so grateful that we have Kyle Lowry. That guy can do it.”"

Well, his head coach said a ton about him and most of it was good. None of it is untrue though.

Though Lowry and Riley have to seek clarity on their approach in message delivery, perhaps, that doesn’t negate the fact that Lowry can still do some good things to help this Miami Heat team. With an in-shape and fully engaged Kyle Lowry, along with a few tweaks, this team can be right back in contention in the coming season.

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Well, at least, that’s what Spo seems to believe based on how he speaks of him. And if Spo believes it, we have to be inclined to do so too—at least for a little while.