Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro says he will continue to work hard and believe in himself as he has been exactly that the whole his life. Herro, who was taken by Heat at No. 13 in the NBA draft, exploded for a career-high 37 points in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics to help the Heat win 112-109 and take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series.
"I'm just going to bet on myself," Herro said post-game, per ESPN. "I've been doing that my whole life. I went from a small town in Milwaukee to Kentucky, and nobody thought I would survive there, and nobody thought I would survive here.
At the end of the day, it's just betting on myself." Jimmy Butler, who signed with the Heat last summer, has had a major impact on Herro and the rookie is grateful for his help. "Jimmy, ever since I got here, he's been like a big brother to me," Herro said.
"And he's shined light on me. He's taught me a lot of things. He's just continuing to get on me. Whether it's something I want to hear or not, he's going to tell me what I need to hear. I appreciate him for that."
Butler speaks highly of Herro
Butler, the biggest name on the Heat roster, scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Game 4 but also underlined he was "happy" for Herro. "Not too many people get an opportunity to make it this far in the playoffs and to be in a game like this," Butler said.
"But for him, it's another day at the office. I think it makes all of us smile. We're all so happy for him because he knows what he's capable of, and he just plays with so much confidence. He's been doing it all year long.
So to him, there's no pressure or anything. He's just going to keep playing basketball the right way." Butler thinks Herro fits in perfectly with the Heat and that's one of the main reasons why he is having a big rookie campaign.
"He just fits in here," Butler said. "I think everybody got that chip on our shoulder on our roster, in our organization. But he's coming into his own. He will continue to grow. I said it earlier in the year: Miami is going to love him.
They are going to fall in love with him. I know that they are, and I know that they have. He's key to us going forward for a lot of years to come."