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All Tyler Herro can do is laugh and lament the missed opportunity.
Jack Harlow’s lead single off his debut album that’s named after the Heat sharpshooter dropped last year, but Herro—as you’d expect—heard it way before you or I or 99.9 percent of the hip-hop listening public. Herro just wishes he pushed for some kind of writing credit because collecting a few royalties from the track that peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart would be pretty sweet right now.
But, real talk, there ain’t too much the Kentucky product can really complain about as he enters his third year in the league. After spending chunks of the offseason with his family, when he wasn’t throwing the plates around like never before, the Heat reserve is invigorated and, kind of his new physique, Herro’s teammates expect big things out of the guard who poured in 15.1 PPG in 54 games last season.
“That’s my guy. He’s going to be huge for us,” Heat forward Jimmy Butler told us last month. “Special talent. The world loves him as they should.”
Funny you should say that, Jimmy, since the world is about to get an intimate look at what it’s like to be Herro. Debuting October 10, Herro will star in a docu-series produced by Overtime, called “Super Herro Summer,” that captures his coming and goings during the most recent offseason where he bulked up big time, became a father, and got a chance to unwind for basically the first time since he entered the NBA as the 13th pick in the 2019 draft. Think of it as the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the life of the 21-year-old sensation.
“You just really get insight of how hard we work in the offseason,” says Herro. “Really just getting able to see my family at a different level. Really just be on the inside of what we do on a day-to-day basis.”
We caught up with the Heat reserve before training camp opened to talk about what we can expect from the series, why he bulked up, whether he still listens to “Tyler Herro,” and why it was so important mentally to take a break from basketball this past summer.
(This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.)