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Former NBA coach has brutal assessment of Bam Adebayo’s struggles

Bam Adebayo warms up before a game

Dec 30, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat have been battling a lot of injuries in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston. As a result, they’ve looked for center Bam Adebayo to pick up the slack, but he has struggled to do so.

Longtime NBA coach Stan Van Gundy had a fairly blunt assessment of why Adebayo has struggled against the Celtics. To Van Gundy, it all comes down to size, and Adebayo simply does not have enough of it.

“Bam’s small. In today’s game, most of the time, that doesn’t matter, but when you run into teams that play with size, he struggles,” Van Gundy said in an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” “I don’t think that’s a problem with him. I don’t think he’s afraid. I think it’s just, he’s small, and getting shots up over the top of guys is tough. He’s an intersting guy in today’s game because he does a lot of things really well. He handles, he passes, he can guard. But he’s a small center who can’t stretch you out on the floor.”

Adebayo is 6-foot-9, which can definitely pose a challenge for him when playing close to the basket on offense. He went off for 31 points in Miami’s Game 3 win, but as Van Gundy noted, Robert Williams sat out that game for Boston. In the other four games of the series, he has been held to 10, 6, 9, and 18 points. That is problematic when Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are hobbled, Tyler Herro has missed time, and no one else is picking up the slack on offense.

Adebayo’s reputation is definitely taking a hit in this series. Fair or not, rival teams are likely keying in on what Van Gundy is saying.

Did Bam Adebayo disrespect Jaylen Brown with postgame comment?

Bam Adebayo warms up before a game

Dec 30, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Bam Adebayo’s comments after his team’s victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday may not have been a coincidence.

Speaking with reporters following a 118-107 win in Game 1, the Miami Heat big man Adebayo commented on the second-half explosion that helped the Heat turn an eight-point halftime deficit into a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“I feel like our energy shifted,” said Adebayo, per Celtics writer Keith Smith.

Adebayo’s comment seems harmless enough at first glance. But “the energy is about to shift” is a famous quote from Celtics star Jaylen Brown that has since become a rallying cry for Boston. Brown tweeted that message at the end of January when the Celtics were just 26-25 on the season. They then proceeded to go on a huge run to climb up the East standings.

Brown has also fully embraced his “energy shift” aesthetic, even turning it into a T-shirt.

Adebayo had some other light-hearted moments in Tuesday’s postgame press conference as well. But if this was indeed a swipe at Brown and the Celtics, they will have several more opportunities this series to shift the energy right back on Adebayo and the Heat.

Bam Adebayo had a great reaction to Tyler Herro’s postgame outfit

Bam Adebayo falls down laughing

The Miami Heat were in good spirits after winning Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final 118-107 against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Those feelings spilled into the Heat’s postgame press conference.

Miami’s Bam Adebayo spoke to reporters after the game. Tyler Herro then walked into the room to join Adebayo at the press conference. Herro was wearing a funny outfit.

The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year sported a shirt with the sleeves cut off, as well as sunglasses and a hat.

Adebayo couldn’t contain himself from laughing, before rolling up his sleeves to mimic Herro.

“Fashionably late,” Herro joked.

Both players have a good reason to smile aside from their team’s win.

Adebayo scored 10 points and blocked four shots, while Herro had 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

This isn’t the first time Herro has made headlines with an outfit.

Game 2 takes place on Thursday in Miami before the series shifts to Boston for Game 3 on Saturday.

Bam Adebayo takes issue with DPOY snub

Bam Adebayo warms up before a game

Dec 30, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Bam Adebayo had a strong case to be in the running for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award this season, but the Miami Heat star was not even a finalist. He was not pleased about that.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Phoenix Suns guard Mikal Bridges and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart were the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year. Smart was announced as the winner on Monday night. Adebayo was asked earlier in the day about not being a finalist, and he did not take the high road. He said he feels not playing in as many nationally televised games worked against him.

“Disrespectful, honestly,” Adebayo said, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. “I feel like I can do anything that two out of the three can do besides the fact that I can’t teach height. But they all three play on TV more than me, so I would expect that. They get more TV games and they get more exposure. People like to talk about them more. Nobody wants to talk about us. So it’s whatever at that point.”

Adebayo received 13 first-place votes among the 100 media members who voted. One of the main arguments against voting for him was that Adebayo played in just 56 games due to a thumb injury. Though, third-place finisher Gobert played in 66 games.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he was “stunned” to learn that Adebayo was not a finalist. Miami allowed 104.9 points per 100 possessions when Adebayo was on the floor this season. That defensive efficiency would have ranked first in the NBA if the Heat maintained it when Adebayo was on the bench.

You can understand why Adebayo feels slighted. The best-case scenario for the Heat would be him using the snub as motivation during the playoffs.

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.