After being eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat are heading into the offseason with some key questions to figure out on the roster. Pat Riley addressed the media on Monday, and the Heat President didn't hold back one bit when speaking on criticism of some players. Riley was asked about Kyle Lowry's conditioning, to which he gave a brutally honest and direct response, via Barry Jackson.
Riley makes clear he wants to keep Tucker. Says Heat to speak to Oladipo agent. On Lowry conditioning: "He definitely is going to have to address that and it will be addressed. I definitely think he can be in better shape. We'll address it and try to help him.”
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 6, 2022
When asked about Lowry's physical conditioning, Riley didn't deny that it's something that needs to be addressed.
“He definitely is going to have to address that and it will be addressed,” said Riley on Lowry's conditioning. “I definitely think he can be in better shape. We'll address it and try to help him.”
Lowry was dealing with injuries throughout much of Miami's playoff run, but when on the court, it wasn't hard to notice that he wasn't in the best shape of his career, by any stretch. Getting the veteran point guard back to peak physical condition will be critical for both him and the Heat this offseason, as Miami was certainly hurt by his lack of availability in the playoffs.
Riley didn't hold back when discussing Lowry's conditioning, and his public comments may serve as something of a challenge, or a wake-up call, for the 36-year-old heading into his 17th NBA season.
Lowry featured in 63 games for the Heat during the regular season, averaging 13.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game, seeing 33.9 minutes on the floor per night. He only featured in 10 playoff games, however, and his numbers declined dramatically. He scored just 7.8 points per game across an average of 29.5 minutes of run, failing to provide the necessary impact for the Heat to make it back to the NBA Finals.