Miami Heat: Mike Wilbon Says Bam Adebayo Block ‘Most Stunning’ He’s Seen

Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0)(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0)(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat are known for their hard work, effort, and defense. That’s why it’s no shock when you see them make an amazing defensive play as a team, unit, or from one of their players as an individual.

However, there are those times where you just have to tip your cap, because even though you know what to expect, the results still shock. Pat Riley is even guilty of it.

After a certain play from the NBA Bubble Playoffs, the one in question to be frank, it even had Pat Riley beside himself. Check out the reaction from the Miami Heat’s and the NBA’s Godfather.

This was Pat Riley’s reaction to the big Bam Adebayo block during the Bubble Playoffs against Jayson Tatum to save a game against the Boston Celtics. The Miami Heat would go on to win the series.

The Miami Heat made a miraculous run in the NBA Bubble Playoffs and all the way to the Finals. However, it wouldn’t have been without Bam Adebayo’s block.

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In fact and almost one year to the day of the block, Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the occurrence. Here is the block in question, in case you forgot (but how could you?) and well, just because it’s so beautiful.

Looking back on the huge rejection though, some other NBA historians, such as Pat Riley is, also had ecstatic reactions. Again in reflection and one year after the fact, one historian referred to the block as the “most stunning” block he’s ever seen.

Mike Wilbon of ESPN and their notable sports show that also stars Tony Kornheiser, Pardon The Interruption or PTI for short, stated on Wednesday’s episode that Bam’s block was even greater than Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s recent block on Deandre Ayton. Wilbon also stated that he was aware that The Freak’s was in the NBA Finals, but that Bam’s was just better.

He even went as far as to say “that’s Bill Russell“. That’s mighty high praise from anyone, but especially from an expert and historian like Wilbon, who’s seen a ton of the game and sports, in general.

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One thing is for certain, Pat Riley knows what he has in Bam Adebayo. He’d probably be just as happy hearing the high praise of his young big man and defensive anchor, as he was watching the play.