Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler calls Bam Adebayo and the team out, but will they respond?

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) drives to the net against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1)(Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) drives to the net against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1)(Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat are struggling right now. Just reeling.

After dropping their third straight road-game on Friday night, this one the worst and at the hands of one of the worst team’s in the league, the Minnesota Timberwolves, things have hit a low.

This is so much so, that it has Jimmy Butler calling his team out. Basically, he thinks they need to do some soul searching, to see if the team they are at their peak is in there anywhere.

He spoke on Bam Adebayo, the team’s rebounding, and defensive efforts, or lack thereof. Here is what he said on the Heat’s defense and rebounding, per Brendan Tobin of 790 The Ticket.

The Miami Heat’s best player wasn’t done there though. He also had a message for the team’s second best player.

The Miami Heat go as far as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo go, but Bam needs to know and act accordingly.

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To be honest, there is no surprise in what Jimmy Butler is saying here. The real surprise of it all is that it took this long for him to say it.

If you aren’t familiar with what this might be, then you just aren’t watching Miami Heat basketball. It’s been an issue for a while and shouldn’t have to be.

Here is Jimmy on Bam Adebayo. This quote also comes from Tobin’s Twitter.

"I want Bam to attack the rim because no one can stay in front of him. Go! You’re going to get fouled or you’re going to dunk on somebody. I love him shooting mid-range jumpers too but he lets people off the hook. Play bully ball. I like bully ball."

Bam Adebayo’s overall lack of aggression has been a thing for a while now. Capable of doing so much and basically, anything he wants to on the floor, he often times passes the ball instead of being aggressive at his opportunities.

Jimmy Butler has obviously grown tired of seeing it, as many have. The thing about it all is this.

If The Miami Heat want to be there best selves, they can’t have Bam being passive and playing his game, he has to force the issue. That’s what stars do.

It’s just that simple. Jimmy Butler doesn’t get the job done because he takes what the defense gives him. 

Jimmy gets the job done because he takes what he wants. The Miami Heat and more specifically, Bam Adebayo, has to adopt that policy as well.

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If not, The Miami Heat will see their “soft” play send them home early, if they ever leave.