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Kyle Lowry Explains Why He Didn’t Perform At The Best Level Last Season: “It’s Definitely Something That Kind Of Derailed My Whole Season And Kept Me Derailed For A Long Time.”

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Last season, it seemed like the Miami Heat had a fantastic offseason when they convinced highly rated free agent Kyle Lowry to sign with the organization. Given that the team was missing a true point guard for the longest time, Lowry was the best fit on paper and was meant to take the Heat to the biggest stage of them all, the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, Lowry, who had developed a reputation for his consistent performances, couldn't put up his usual numbers with the Heat. Averaging 13.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game, Lowry statistically had his worst season in the last 9 years. This lack of production led to the Heat scouring for answers and eventually, despite the heroics of Jimmy Butler, they fell short.

Recently, the 36-year-old made an appearance in the Nick Nurse Foundation golf tournament. There, Lowry explained how a family situation hindered his performance last season. 

"I'm still dealing with it and it's a situation where you know when it's better, I'll talk about it more but it was definitely something that kind of derailed my whole season and it kind of kept me derailed for a long time."

"You just have to continue to get better and focus on the things that you control and try to help as best you can because at the end of the day you know I can't do this or that all I can do is you know go to people that can help me and hopefully they can help them and we can kind of work together and collaborate."

Hopefully, whatever the situation, the 2019 NBA champion is going through gets resolved soon.

The Eastern Conference is wide open next season, with teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics all in the fray. Given how close the gap between the top teams are, the Heat might have a real chance to finally become the best in the East. But for that, they will need all their stars to be firing on all cylinders. Can Kyle Lowry lead the Miami Heat to new heights next season?