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Miami Heat PG Kyle Lowry blames continuity and not training for his poor form

Kyle Lowry explains why he struggled as a member of the Miami Heat this season.

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Kyle Lowry speak about his season with the Miami Heat
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Veteran PG Kyle Lowry wanted to address the elephant in the room, his weight, and his poor form during the last season. The playmaker couldn’t attend to a family situation, worrying him more about “continuity” than “training” during his initial tenure in South Beach.

With the Heat, Lowry had his worst season since the 2009-10 campaign, averaging just 13.4 points per game. Despite his 7.8 points per game, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.2 steals in the postseason. He had little influence for the Heat. He also averaged 7.5 assists per game.

Ira Winderman, a club insider, reported that Lowry remarked, “I’m still dealing with that.”

“When it’s better, I’ll discuss more about it. However, it’s something that threw my entire season off course and kept me off course for quite some time. Even now, it’s something I have to deal with on a daily basis. I had a phone call about it just now.”

Kyle Lowry and his year with the Heat

During Miami’s 2021-2022 exit interview, Pat Riley stated that Lowry needs to be in “world-class shape” for the upcoming season, claiming that the veteran guard had significant fitness difficulties during his first season with the Heat, which impacted his performance.

Lowry’s outlook on his personal situation hasn’t changed, but he is hopeful that all will work out in the end.

The PG missed nine games in a row last season due to personal issues. Despite his inability to play in all 82 games, it is understandable that he blames his poor performance on his failure to appear in 63 of them. When it seemed like he would have some good games, Lowry would miss games due to either injury or personal issues.

Hopefully, Lowry and the Heat will experience a successful season in 2022-23. However, with Miami’s championship aspirations, its playmaker must be emotionally and physically prepared.

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