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Tyler Herro discusses rookie year lessons in Players’ Tribune

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The 20-year-old praises Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem in the piece.

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Add Tyler Herro to the list of Miami Heat players who have written pieces for the Players’ Tribune.

Miami’s 2019 first-round pick wrote an essay discussing 14 lessons from his rookie season — one that saw him make the All-Rookie Second Team and score 37 points in the pivotal Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the piece, Herro recounts when Erik Spoelstra talked to his team before Game 1 of the Heat’s first-round series against the Indiana Pacers. Though he said there were no “inspirational speeches” Spoelstra pointed out that they matched up well against every team in the Eastern Conference and “how there’s a path for us here.” Later on, Herro says that Miami’s first playoff loss — Game 4 that went into overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks — motivated them all to close out the series.

He calls Jimmy Butler the “#1 hardest worker I’ve ever been around” and said — as many others have — that Heat culture is a perfect fit for the five-time All-Star. He also highlights that having Udonis Haslem as a veteran is invaluable.

To close the piece, Herro brushes off concerns that the Heat won’t be ready for the season after the short off-season. “There’s no if about it. I know we’ll be ready.”