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Articles tagged: Bam Adebayo

Heat lose star player indefinitely with thumb injury

Bam Adebayo

The Miami Heat suffered a significant blow Wednesday with star center Bam Adebayo set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Heat announced that center Bam Adebayo suffered a torn ligament in his thumb on Monday against the Denver Nuggets. Adebayo will undergo surgery, and is out indefinitely.

That looks to be a multi-week injury for Adebayo at the very least, and it’s bad news for Miami. The 24-year-old had been averaging 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Heat.

The Heat are off to a 13-8 start, and they’re generally regarded as one of the legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. That task will become much more difficult with Adebayo out for a significant period of time.

Heat legend thinks Bam Adebayo needs to shoot more

Bam Adebayo

One Miami Heat legend thinks that there is one thing holding Bam Adebayo back from reaching the next level in his development.

Retired 11-time All-Star Chris Bosh spoke this week with Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. Bosh was asked what Adebayo’s next step should be.

“Shoot it,” said Bosh. “That’s it. Shoot it. Shoot it. That’s all he needs to do is shoot it, I’m telling you. I did it for 13 years in the league, man, and it didn’t steer me wrong. Shoot it. He has the playmaking ability, he is unselfish. It’s wonderful that he’s a team player. But for him to get to where he wants to go, he’s going to have to shoot the ball.

“I think he’s more than capable,” Bosh added. “Once he proves he’s a threat out there, Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan, and all those bigs, they can’t just be in the middle of the paint playing traffic cop. He needs to come back and needs to shoot it until they guard him. That would be my recommendation.”

One of the purest big man jump shooters of his era, Bosh certainly knows what he is talking about. He was an elite midrange threat throughout his career, and his migration out to the three-point line in Miami unlocked all sorts of new dimensions for the Heat offense.

Adebayo is still only 24 and already does so much well on both ends of the floor. But he is not quite there yet with his jumper, having gone just 7-for-44 (15.9 percent) from three in his entire career. One of Adebayo’s teammates even commented on his lack of aggressiveness during Miami’s first-round loss this year. Taking Bosh’s advice and letting it fly more often would probably do Adebayo a world of good.

Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo take hilarious argument to Twitter

Kevin Durant

Bam Adebayo and Kevin Durant got into it at Team USA basketball practice on Thursday, and their debate later spilled over to social media. Fortunately, things didn’t appear to get heated to the point where one of the two NBA stars will be leaving Tokyo.

Adebayo broke one of basketball’s most basic unwritten rules when he grabbed a rebound after Durant hit a shot and did not give the ball back to K.D. The Miami Heat star instead started dribbling the ball around and ignored Durant, who wasn’t pleased. Durant shared a clip of the incident on Twitter and said Adebayo needs to “learn some respect.”

Adebayo responded and blamed Damian Lillard.

Durant has proven countless times that he is a a bit sensitive. He reminded us of that recently when he fired back at some Twitter trolls yet again, but he and Adebayo were clearly just messing around.

If someone hits a shot during a shootaround, they get the ball back. That’s as basic as it gets. Be better, Bam.

Goran Dragic challenges Bam Adebayo to be more aggressive against Bucks

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo was nearly invisible in Miami’s Game 1 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Now one of his teammates is trying to light a fire under him.

Heat guard Goran Dragic told reporters this weekend that Adebayo needs to assert himself more in their first-round playoff series.

“I feel like he needs to be more aggressive,” said Dragic, per Brendan Tobin of 790 The Ticket in Miami. “I’m not saying to take that midrange shot. He’s got that ability to put that ball on the floor and be more physical and try to challenge them at the rim. I know [Bucks center Brook] Lopez is big but … [Bam] can score many ways against him.”

The All-Star big man Adebayo played 41 minutes in the overtime loss to Milwaukee on Saturday. But he finished with just nine points on 4-for-15 shooting. Against the seven-footer Lopez, Adebayo was indeed resorting to taking awkward floaters instead of driving it hard to the basket.

Of course, Adebayo was not the only reason that the Heat lost. Jimmy Butler (4-for-22) and Tyler Herro (2-for-10) shot even worse from the field. But Adebayo’s confidence was crucial to Miami’s Finals run last season. The Heat will need that same level of production from the 23-year-old if they want to make noise again this year.

Bam Adebayo appears to react to Defensive Player of the Year snub

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo appeared to react on Twitter to his Defensive Player of the Year snub.

The NBA on Thursday announced finalists for the regular season awards.

The three finalists for Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) were: Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green.

Adebayo sent the following one-word tweet in response:

The 23-year-old Miami Heat center is averaging 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season. His defensive rating is 109.6. The Heat recently launched a campaign for him to win DPOY, which factors into the disappointment of him not being a finalist. Additionally, Adebayo would receive a pay bump for winning the award, so not being a finalist hurts.

Jimmy Butler shuts down question about huddle incident with Bam Adebayo

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler is known for being an impassioned leader, so he is not making a big deal about this weekend’s incident with teammate Bam Adebayo.

During the Miami Heat’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Butler and Adebayo were seen having an animated conversation with one another in the team’s huddle. The Heat won the game but saw a 24-point lead dwindle all the way down to three in the fourth quarter.

After the victory, a reporter asked Adebayo about the incident with Butler. Adebayo admitted that he and Butler had cursed each other out. Butler then interjected by saying, “Stop being nosy, man. Next question. That’s between me and Bam. Y’all always trying to get in on something.”

Butler and Adebayo are the two stars of the Heat and are very close with one another. But the team has been extremely inconsistent this season, leading Butler to recently question their heart.

That said, Butler cursing out his teammates is hardly anything new, as it is simply part of his leadership style. That explains why he wants the media to keep things moving here.

Bam Adebayo shouts out Dwyane Wade after game-winning shot

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo played a role for the Miami Heat on Sunday that Dwyane Wade is quite familiar with, and the big man gave his former teammate a great shoutout after coming up huge in the clutch.

Adebayo hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the Heat a 109-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Some fans were in attendance at AmericanAirlines Arena, which made the game-winner that much more exciting.

Wade hit several game-winners during his Hall of Fame career with Heat, and his signature move was jumping on the scorer’s table afterword. Adebayo told ESPN after the game that he thought about doing that but isn’t quite ready for it yet.

Adebayo finished with a team-high 21 points and game-high 15 rebounds. He also played outstanding defense, holding the Nets to 3-of-17 shooting when he was the primary defender, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Wade was known to give a good shoutout after his game-winners, so it’s only right that Adebayo sent it full circle.

Jimmy Butler teases Bam Adebayo for signing with Team Jordan

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler teased teammate Bam Adebayo during an interview after Friday night’s game.

The Miami Heat had an impressive 124-116 win over the hot Utah Jazz. Butler had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. Adebayo had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

After the game, Butler was interviewed and Adebayo came over to dance. Butler teased Adebayo, saying the big man thinks he’s somebody because “he signed with Team Jordan.”

Jordan Brand announced earlier on Friday that Adebayo signed with them. Being part of Jordan Brand is a big deal, so Butler was joking that it got to Adebayo’s head.

The teasing was all in good fun, as the Heat’s players seem to get along well with each other. And after a rough start to the season, they’re coming along quite well and have won five in a row.

Video: Heat security breaks up Kyrie Irving-Bam Adebayo jersey exchange

Kyrie Irving Bam Adebayo jersey exchange

Kyrie Irving and Bam Adebayo tried to exchange jerseys after Saturday night’s game between their teams, but a Miami Heat security guard wasn’t having it.

The security worker spotted the two players about to hug and swap jerseys, so he stepped in to ensure they were separated.

The NBA recently announced new rules to crack down on player interactions as a precautionary measure regarding COVID-19. One of the new rule was the prevention of postgame jersey swaps and players hugging.

“During the pre- and post-game periods, players must limit interactions to elbow or fist bumps, avoid extended socializing and maintain 6 feet of distance as much as possible,” the new rules state.

Adebayo and Irving were violating that rule, which is why they were separated.

The Brooklyn Nets won the game 128-124 over the Miami Heat despite 41 from Adebayo.

Heat unlikely to extend Bam Adebayo this offseason?

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo has earned himself a big payday, but it may have to be deferred until next offseason.

NBA salary cap expert Albert Nahmad reported this week that, though the 23-year-old Adebayo is eligible for a max contract extension this offseason, the Miami Heat seem unlikely to give it to him. The reason is that doing so would prevent the Heat from creating a max salary slot for the summer of 2021. Miami would like to retain its core while also setting aside future room for top free agents like Giannis Antetokounmpo. That means they cannot extend Adebayo this offseason, per Nahmad.

Adebayo had a breakout year in 2019-20, helping lead the Heat to their stunning NBA Finals run. He averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game and finished second in Most Improved Player voting.

The former Kentucky star can get the exact same max extension from the Heat next summer. But with the league’s major financial uncertainty on top of increased injury concerns with a shortened offseason, it is understandable why Adebayo might want to lock in his money as soon as possible.

Miami’s big free agent plans are not going anywhere though. That points to a balancing act with Adebayo and the rest of their incumbent players.