Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo is one of the most skilled young players in the NBA. That’s just the first reason he should still be mad over Team USA snub.
The Miami Heat are a team and organization that’s made of the right stuff. They try to play the game the right way.
They encourage their players to be more than decent individuals, on and off the court. They teach hard work, discipline, determination, and all of those other afterschool special type qualities with regularity, as their organization and ways of doing things are built on these principles.
In essence, that is the Miami Heat culture. So, it should come as no surprise that save for a few murmurs, quips, or sly grins here or there, we haven’t heard a ton from Heat forward Bam Adebayo about him being snubbed by Team USA this past summer, even though as Slam Magazine put it above, he totally took over certain aspects of the camp.
Bam Adebayo is a guy who seems to let his play and actions do his talking for him. However, in current times and with all the free time we have available to us, he obviously had time recently. Here is a tweet from his personal twitter account on the matter.
By saying “I wasn’t ready though” and then adding the “yawn patting” emoji, he’s inferring something about that particular take. It isn’t that he wasn’t ready to be on that team and in primetime, it’s that they were just sleeping on his talent, ability, and how much he could impact that team’s success.
For the record, we tend to agree with him. However, we should perhaps be thanking coach Gregg Popovich and the rest of the Team USA decision-makers, because Bam Adebayo has come out like a man on a mission this season.
In only 11 more minutes of action on average from last season to this season, Adebayo has practically doubled his scoring output, from 8.9 points per game to 16.2 points per contest. He has increased most of his other major stats as well.
His rebounds are up, his steals are up, his blocks are up, and his assists are definitely up. You would say that he was supposed to do that, with more opportunity of course and you would be right. What we didn’t know is that it would click this fast or to this level of potential.
Again, Bam should still be mad, because he should have been on that team. Also again though, we as fans shouldn’t be that mad, because it may have just been what it took to further propel him to where he has gotten for the Miami Heat so quickly.