Chris Herro is the father of the Miami Heats point guard, Tyler Herro. Tyler’s father is also a former basketball player though he never made it to the higher level.
Chris’ role in his son, Tyler’s growth in the court, nonetheless, has been fundamental. In fact, Tyler has also said his father is his most significant influence.
The six-foot-five inches tall Chris Herro has supported and overseen Tyler in almost all of his athletic career. He was there when he ended his commitment to Wisconsin to play at Kentucky. And the father showed the same compassion when his son left Kentucky.
Know how Chris Herro helped his son to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. Also read why he had to quit his career, about his wife, if he has any more children, and so on.
Chris Herro Birth Details, Parents
Christopher Herro was born on July 11, 1968. He studied at West Allis Hale graduating in 1992. He also played basketball at Florida State.
Allegedly, Chris is now the owner of Superior Disposal. He works plowing snow in the winter and is a concrete contractor and roofing during the summer.
Chris, nonetheless, hasn’t talked about his paternal heritage or his real ethnicity.
Chris Herro Quit Basketball After An Injury
Several reports state that Chris was an aspiring basketball player during his high school. He however had to stop his playing days after he suffered an ACL injury. Consequently, he also went on to lose a Division I scholarship.
Later, Chris’ painful turn of events led him to teach his son, Tyler to give total effort, which helped instill in him a strong work ethic.
What Does Chris Have To Say About His Injury
Prior to the injury, Chris had received offers from Saint Louis and Florida State. However, things changed after he suffered the injury during his senior year in high school.
In an interview, he talked about how he took the major blow to his career.
“Honestly, it took me a while to get over it,”
disclosed Tyler’s father. He added it was tough for him to swallow having had the passion for the game. Chris also said this shocked his wife, Jen. He remembered people looking at him when he used to walk to the gym as he was a pretty good basketball player.
Chris Married His Wife Jennifer Herro
As we said, Chris is married to Jennifer (Jenn). They married in 1999. Both Chris and Jenn Herro were athletes in college. The couple currently resides in Greenfield, Wisconsin.
They welcomed their first son Tyler in January 2000. In addition to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, they have two more children, Austin and Myles. Both of them were born after Tyler.
Although Jen and Chris have been together since the marriage, Jen admits she has fought with her husband on several occasions. But it is mostly in regards to their athlete son.
Jen once said they (her husband and son) have always had a love-hate relationship. She confessed how Chris and she used to fight all the time because she thought he was “way, way too hard on Tyler.”
Chris Herro Is His Son’s Influencer
Chris has always been a major inspiration for his son Tyler. Being a former player himself, it was only natural for Chris to impart knowledge about the game to his son. He told his son,
“Don’t ever disrespect the game.”
Chris told his son that he has to play every game like it’s going to be the last time he plays it.
He also tried to make his son believe that he is the best player on the floor when he is on it. He advised his first child to not let anybody tell him different. Chris perceives his son needs to hit the gym and work there until he is the best one in the game.
And of course, the Wisconsin resident does support in all the way he can whenever his son is in the court. After watching every playoff game from their home in Greenfield, Chris, and Jennifer Herro, Tyler’s parents, made it down to Orlando so they could watch their son play in the NBA Finals in person.
He Says His Son Tyler Herro Learned Arrogance From Him
Even when he was a Miami Heat rookie, Tyler’s confidence was far beyond that of a typical one.
But there is someone who takes credit for the Miami Heat’s no 14’s strong faith in himself. In Sep 2019 while talking with Miami Herald, Tyler and his father, Chris offered insight into how that confidence developed.
Tyler is no stranger to criticism by fans and fellow players. He also likes trash-talking.
Admitting himself as the inspiration for his son’s confidence, Chris says he helped his son point out the difference between arrogance and cockiness.
“I like to say it comes from me,” the former high school basketball player confessed. He revealed how he taught Tyler the difference between being arrogant and being cocky when he was young. He allowed his son to have some type of arrogance so that he could play basketball at a higher level. Chris believes without it, no one could be successful on the floor. He also ruled people don’t understand the difference.
Chris’ Son Tyler Has No Problem With His Father Going Hard On Him
Although Chris and Tyler have a tough-love approach from father to son, the latter says there exists no regrets or hard feelings about the methods used.
“It was tough,” the six-foot-five-inches tall shooting guard said.
He explained — it, however, was just what he needed to hear. Tyler added he has a bunch of people telling him things that he wants to hear, but his father, Chris tells him the things that he probably doesn’t want to hear.
The Time When Chris Herro And Tyler Had A Dispute
Back in Oct 2020, reports indicated that Tyler was becoming irritated with his father after he expressed concern about his interactions with new teammate Jimmy Butler.
Among the sources, ESPN reported Chris’s annoyance stemmed because of Butler’s reputation for having a prickly personality.
In July 2019, he said as a parent, he hears stories about Jimmy and just wants to make sure his son is OK. Chris reported his kid, however, snapped back at him and said ‘Dad, you gotta stop texting me. Jimmy is a good dude.’
The younger Herro and Butler had bonded during the course of them getting the Heat to the NBA Finals for the first time in six years.
Chris Shares Herro Shares A Loving Relationship With His Son
Despite the harsh dynamic, the West Allis Hale graduate and his son still have a deep bond with each other. Chris isn’t all about going tough on his kid. The 53-year-old also knows how to console his child when it’s necessary.
When Tyler lost his final playoff game as a senior, though, the relationship between father and son deepened. The main Herro met his son in the hallway and they hugged, cried together.
Chris Herro Also Admires His Son
Chris admits to finding his son’s work ethic “insane.” He explained he just doesn’t tell so to brag about his son. But he claims it’s just the truth. He believed Tyler was going to bring something to Miami when his son first signed for the team.
Chris Herro Son Tyler Earns A Huge Sum
Tyler had a pretty awesome rookie season in Miami. He became the first NBA player born in the 2000s’ to appear in an NBA Conference Final and an NBA Final. Additionally, he made it to the 2019–20 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Moneywise, he is also seeing pretty good. Though some might even argue that he is cashing in significantly attractive deals for a player of his age.
As per multiple reports, Tyler Herro’s current salary sits over $3.822 million. He agreed to a three-year contract worth $11,466,720 with the Miami Heat on July 10, 2019. To break it down, the NBA star is making over $10,000 a day playing for the Heatles.
Chris Also Has A Grandchild
In September 2021, Chris became a grandfather when his son, Tyler Herro, and his girlfriend, Katya Elise Henry announced the birth of their daughter on their social media. Chris’ granddaughter’s name is Zya Elise Herro.
Katya Elise Henry is a 26-year-old model with over 8 million followers on Instagram. Tyler and Henry started their relationship in March 2020 when the former reached out to Katya on Twitter, publicly tweeting each other. They, though are yet to tie the knot.