Tyler Herro opens up about new daughter, slams haters who said he ‘partied too much’ last season

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In a new interview, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro dismissed his critics while also talking about how the birth of his first child serves as some motivation for the upcoming season.

Herro’s interview with the Associated Press mentioned his struggles last season and his frustration with critics who claimed that his activities off the court were impacting his game.

“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. “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.”

Herro’s strong rookie campaign was followed by one in which he missed games due to injury and was shifted from the starting lineup into a reserve capacity.

During the offseason, Herro has been putting in countless hours in the gym and has drawn praise for putting on more muscle to help him keep up with the grind of the NBA.

On Sept. 14, the young star’s girlfriend Katya Elise Henry gave birth to their daughter Zya. That life-changing moment is something that has put the elder Herro in a much better frame of mind.

“I just feel good,” the elder 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.”

Having an inspired elder Herro along with some new additions like Kyle Lowry raises hope that the Heat can again make another deep postseason run. That push may not end with an NBA title, but the elder Herro is ready for what lies ahead.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.