Pat Riley: "He's the Zo. He's the UD. He's the Dwyane. They were standard-bearers. He is the real deal." A mother, a son, and the fire burning inside Bam Adebayo, Miami's new All-Star: https://t.co/RAtL0MfuQo
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 13, 2020
[Source] – Adebayo won over some executives at the draft combine with his single-minded focus. He had a line ready when teams asked about off-court interests: “I play basketball, hang out with my mom, and take s—-.” Some executives cackled at Adebayo’s deadpan delivery.
Talk about a perfect, and focused line.Single minded approach to basketball. That’s a guy you want on your team. Literally, he just hoops and kicks it with his mom a bit and uses the bathroom on occasion. Not just that he said it but that he had the guts to say it is amazing.
From growing up in Newark and a trailer in North Carolina to becoming a Miami Heat star, Bam Adebayo has shared his journey with his mom, Marilyn, who raised him as a single parent.
— CloseUp360 (@CloseUp360) February 3, 2020
He was buried on the bench because the Heat kept trying to run Hassan Whiteside and then ultimately moved on from him for Bam. Well not in hindsight is pretty smart, especially when you consider Bam is now an All-Star.
Adebayo turned to Heat brass, including Riley and Spoelstra, and shouted: “Oh, you got me f—ing confused! You got me f—ed up!” Translation: Don’t you know who I am? As the stops — “kills” in Heat parlance — piled up, the trash talk flowed. “Oh, it was explicit,” Adebayo says. It was not friendly taunting. Adebayo was not smiling.
“We were like, ‘Is this guy kinda crazy?'” Spoelstra says.
Juwan Howard, then a Miami assistant, locked eyes with Dan Craig, the coach running the drill. “Our eyes got wide,” Howard says. “We said, ‘This is a Heat guy.’ To have the balls to say that in front of Pat Riley — to say, ‘You’re not going to pick on me!’ — that’s a Heat guy.”
Alright I can’t stress how much I love Bam now. The dude is all balls and hoops.