Former NBA player turned analyst Amare Stoudemire called out a rising an emerging guard from the Miami Heat that he thinks has potential but gets sidetracked in non-relevant things. Tyler Herro is underperforming in the playoffs, and the former Phoenix Suns star wants to know where his focus is right now.
Tyler Herro's rise and fall
Herro was pivotal in the bubble championship run of the Miami Heat. He averaged 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. The front office was convinced he could get to another level, and he proved it this season, too, after winning the 6th Man of the Year award. A max contract extension from the Heat was a safe bet after this summer, but the way he's been playing in the playoffs makes some think twice if he deserves it.
In the current postseason, Herro is struggling to hit his stride. The sweet-shooting guard had minimal impact on the floor in his last five games. In the Game 2 loss against the Boston Celtics, Tyler recorded a minus-33 on the floor. If Miami wants to advance to the NBA Finals, they need Herro to play like a 6MOY recipient. Credit to the Celtics for doing a good job disrupting the scheme of things for the Heat in Game 2. But players like Herro need to break out soon. If former player Stoudemire were asked, it looks like the 3-year pro is preoccupied with things outside basketball.
Where's his focus?
Amare knows what Tyler could bring to the table for Heat. It's only a matter of where his focus is, and right now, his main goal seems like making it to the post-game interviews wearing some cool outfits.
"Where's his focus? He wants to wear the shades. He wants to have his back out in the press conference. He wants to do the gun show. He wants all this entertainment stuff, but where is the focus on basketball?"
We get it. Herro is young, a millionaire, and can do whatever he wants, wearing anything he personally likes. But he's falling into the trap of the celebrity side of being a basketball player. Kyle Kuzma wears anything he wants and gets media coverage for it. But if what he's wearing makes the headlines more than his on-court performance, there's something wrong with it. It's nice to arrive in some cool albeit bizarre outfit, but it will be reduced to a joke if the team losses badly. Confidence is admirable, but you have to back it up.
Fortunately, Herro and the Miami Heat still have a chance in this series. It's still a long way to go. With both teams giving it all on the floor, experts see this going to a Game 7. Tyler Herro needs to break out to prove he deserves a max extension and something to back up his ridiculous outfit choices.