May 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) brings the ball up court during the first half of game seven of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Following the conclusion of the 2021-22 NBA season, Kyle Lowry’s conditioning came into question when the six-time NBA All-Star reportedly failed to meet the Miami Heat’s team requirement of less than 18% body fat.

Following the news of Lowry’s conditioning, Miami Heat team president Pat Riley acknowledged the report and got pretty candid about the guard’s need to get back in shape.

“He’s definitely gonna have to address that and it will be addressed,” Riley said of Lowry’s conditioning according to Miami Heat reporter Brady Hawk. “The bottom line with me and for me as far as hoping you can get the most out of a player is that you have to be in world-class shape, you just have to be.”

It seems that Lowry got the message loud and clear. An image of the Heat guard’s new, much leaner physique made rounds around social media and it had the NBA world buzzing.

Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Heat, marking a nine-year low in both categories. If he did make a radical change in his physique like the photo suggests and get himself into the “world-class shape” that Riley describes, there’s a chance he sees those numbers improve across the board next season.

[Naveen Ganglani]