Tyler Harrow makes it clear that the only priority at the moment is to live in the moment.
“Right now we’re focused on this season and my role now,” said the third-year Miami Heat guard after being named NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
So, with that, the focus returned to the Heat’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers and Wednesday night’s Game 2 at the FTX Arena.
But just as with his scoring binges, Harrow also made it clear he wanted more.
“I want to be an All-Star in the next year or two, just getting better,” he said, adding that no such approval has been received yet. “I want to be able to take another leap this year, just take another leap, and just keep going, and hopefully one day become an All-Star.”
Herro said an off-season conversation with Heat captain Udonis Haslem helped him prepare for his award-winning season.
“After we got our full roster set, we had a talk last summer,” Herro said of offseason additions that included Kyle Lowry. “I talked to him, and he told me a lot, as long as we’re winning and I’m playing well and coming off the bench, I can still reach the goals and achievements that I want to reach one day. “
Herro said he knew it would be a role that would work because he was committed to making it work from the start.
“I mean, just coming into the season, that was my mindset,” he said. “I knew what our roster looked like, why we put this team together to win the championship. And my role was to come off the bench as the sixth man, and that was something I accepted from day one.” had done
“I knew it would work. I came off the bench in my first two years and now being the sixth person this year with a bigger role and a higher utilization rate, I am able to influence the game in different ways .
But the level of dependence in such a role still proved to be somewhat surprising.
“As I said, coming in the year, the role for me was sixth person, and my teammates and coaches allowed me to be myself,” he said. “I’m usually at my best when I’m scoring the ball and the ball is in my hands. And like I said, my teammates have confidence and so it worked.”
Hero stressed that it is committed to making it work from day one.
“I just took the role and wanted to be the best sixth person,” he said. “I figured if I was coming off the bench, I wanted to be the best bench player in the league, and then lead the second unit of the team and try to be the best unit, second unit in the league.”
complete. and done.
He is now the only winner of the award in the franchise’s 34 seasons, as coach Erik Spoelstra told him when he received the award at Tuesday’s practice.
“It’s good,” he said. “I got to know [Tuesday] Morning and Coach Spo noted that I am the only player in Heat history to win Sixth Man. So first of all I feel honored. And who knows, I’m sure there will be another one in the future, but I’m happy first of all.
And with that said, focus back in the moment.
“We had a successful regular season,” said Herro, “and now clearly what’s going on in the playoffs, just want to continue to get better and just continue to lead the second unit.”