Known to some as “Bulldog,” Miami Heat star Kyle Lowry often relied on his mass to match his taller rivals in the league. Lowry epitomized the qualities of an undersized yet sturdy two-way backcourt player. But while Lowry has been able to utilize his size body to his advantage on the basketball court, he deals with a completely different situation off of it.
Kyle doesn’t care
Lowry has always been overweight for his height at six-flat, as most 6-footers in the league are between 165 to 185 pounds. But KLow walked around at 210.
Nevertheless, not a single hint of Lowry’s weight issues was reflected on the court, as his production has always been exceptional. In fact, around the same time his weight became a “subject of great scrutiny,” the six-time NBA All-Star registered his best scoring seasons- 21.2 points per game in 2015/16 and 22.4 points per game in 2016/17.
“Kyle’s production -- or lack thereof -- wasn’t attached to his weight, but somehow his body always became a point of emphasis,” multiple sources told ESPN in 2016.
Over time, the criticisms got to Lowry, and he admitted that it bothered him. But instead of scrambling to try and burn those fats, he decided to ignore what naysayers say and embrace the fact that he is both “thicc” and an “all-time” great player.
“It used to bother me a lot,” Lowry recently said on a recent episode of The VC Show. “It used to get to me. It used to really get to me, to be honest with you. And now I don’t care. I’m in my office right now, and this is like I’m just gonna be a little bit cocky. Just a little bit… I’m looking at all-time steals, all-time something else… Yeah, ‘thicc’ has been good for me.”
It still needs to be addressed
It’s good to know that Lowry has already overcome criticisms. But after the Heat failed to win the conference finals this past season, Pat Riley knew there were some issues that needed addressing. Among them are Lowry’s conditioning and weight issues.
“The bottom line with me, and for me as far as hoping you can get the most out of a player… is that you have to be in world-class shape, you just have to be,” Riley said via CBS Sports.
With Lowry’s take on his weight seemingly conflicting with the Heat’s plans this summer, it will be intriguing to see what kind of KLow would show up in the upcoming season.