Kyle Lowry as Heat get ready to open season: ‘I think we’re ready to go’

Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles the ball around Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI – The Miami Heat are ready to start the new season.

The Heat tip off Wednesday night at home against the Chicago Bulls.

The Heat were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Celtics.

Heat guard Kyle Lowry said Tuesday, “We got different players, different situations, we got a different starting lineup, we’ve got no PJ (Tucker), guys are more experienced, a year older, so things are different. It feels good, I think we’re ready to go.”

Lowry added, “I think we understand our roles. I think we understand the task at hand. We got some really really good talented basketball players and we have a team and coach that going to make sure we all know what we’re doing, what we are and what we’re going to be.”

Lowry said opening night is always special because the team will get to their jobs at a high level.

Lowry said that he learned from Damon Stoudamire, a former teammate of his, taught him to be patient and that things won’t always come right away.

Lowry was challenged by Pat Riley after the season to return in better shape.

During his first season in Miami, Lowry was effective when healthy.

However, he was banged up during the Heat’s playoff run.

Bam Adedayo said Tuesday, “Everybody tries to come in a different version of themselves, a better version with that mindset to compete and get a title.”

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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.