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Q: While fans will quickly forget about Kyle Lowry wearing No. 7 if he plays at a high level right away, the honeymoon will be short lived if for any reason he struggles and doesn’t produce All-Star level play at point guard. He’s made it harder on himself by taking Goran Dragic’s number. — Dave, Placentia, Calif.
A: Your most valid point is about Kyle Lowry having the ability to quickly put aside all the ancillary issues with a strong start to his Heat career, from his jersey number to the Heat extending an $85 million, three-year deal to a 35-year-old. The issue with Goran Dragic is no one has hinted about a possible jersey retirement, but nor has anyone within the organization confided that it has been ruled out. Still, the reality is that the team has not issued No. 41 since Glen Rice departed in 1995. Then again, no one the caliber (and cost) of Kyle Lowry requested that number, either. (Interestingly, only Grant Long has worn No. 43 for the Heat.) As long as Kyle’s jersey move does not offend Goran Dragic, it shouldn’t offend outsiders. And even if it did, there is something to be said about allowing Lowry to remain in his comfort zone, with his social media on Twitter and Instagram both linked to the number seven.
Q: Good for Chris Silva. — Cathy.
A: It was nice to see Chris Silva get a camp invitation Monday from the Timberwolves, after spending summer league with the Nets. But, based on the composition of Minnesota’s roster, I also would not overstate the invitation to the former Heat forward. What the opportunity most likely will offer is perhaps a chance to draw notice from another team, or perhaps interest overseas.
Q: Hey Ira, do fans have to have vaccinations to enter the arena this season? — Daniel, Miami.
A: As of now there is no such edict, and with individual game tickets having been sold, it likely would be difficult to reverse course and deny admission to those who have made purchases under the policy in place at that time. Plus, based on the messaging from the state level, I doubt it is a fight the Heat want to take on at this stage. But, still, as with the pandemic, much remains fluid.