Miami Heat All-Star center Cheap Bam Adebayo Jersey is not shying away from the lofty goals he has set for his career after recently signing a five-year extension that could be worth almost $200 million.
“I definitely want to be, long time down the road when my career ends, whenever somebody mentions a top-five center or top-five power forward, they always got to mention my name,” Adebayo said during a Friday video conference call with reporters. “That’s how I want to be remembered. Keep changing basketball.”
The 23-year-old helped lead the Heat to an unexpected run to the 2020 NBA Finals and is confident he will continue growing his game over the next few years. In just his third NBA season, the Kentucky product averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.
Adebayo appreciates that even at his young age, players all over basketball are trying to emulate what he brings to the floor.
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“It just shows respect for my game,” Adebayo said. “I feel like I’m trying to change basketball; being a center, being able to play both sides of the ball and being able to pass as well as I can, that’s a difference-maker on a team, especially at the center spot, so it’s respect at all levels.”
Heat players and coaches have repeatedly praised the big man’s work ethic and attitude and are just as confident that Adebayo will leave a long-lasting mark on the league.
“My nickname in the organization is ‘No Ceiling,'” Adebayo said. “So that gives you a point of where I want my game to be. I want to have no ceiling and be the best player that I can be and win this city a championship.”
Adebayo noted that while the responsibility he already felt to win a championship doesn’t change in the wake of his new deal, even he was still trying to wrap his mind around the fact that the Heat showed such an enormous financial commitment and a belief in his talent by inking the new contract.
“That’s how I kind of felt, thinking, like, an organization believes in me to where I’m worth 163, possibly 200 mil,” Adebayo said. “So when you put it in that form, responsibility really kicks in and it really hits home. Now it’s my time to figure out how we can win, how we can get to that level — where we can raise that trophy. That’s my goal. That’s the responsibility that I have, and I’m going to figure that out one way or another.”
The good news for both Adebayo and the Heat is that the shoulder injury he dealt with at the end of the postseason is better and he feels healthy heading into a new season — just seven weeks after finishing the old one.
“I’m good,” Adebayo said. “That’s been a big question if I’m healthy. I’m healthy. Back in the gym and ready for this season to get going. It feels like a longer time [off] than what I expected. Just the simple fact we ended the season on a loss, so two weeks seemed like two months when it’s misery involved. So, ready to get the season back, ready to get going, ready to get the new guys acclimated to the Heat culture. I feel like it’s going to be a great season.”
The Miami Heat are excellent when it comes to scouting talent and better at developing it. That’s why they may have another 1st-year dynamic duo.
The Miami Heat are among the very best in the league, if not the very best themselves when it comes to finding guys or scouting to grab guys that others missed or let slip. They have done it time and time again.
After the NBA Bubble run that they had, many around the NBA community couldn’t help but notice how electric Cheap Tyler Herro Jersey can be when he gets going. It prompted many to ask “how he slipped to 13”, but it doesn’t matter because he did and the Miami Heat grabbed him.
Even before that though, they had an undrafted rookie in Cheap Kendrick Nunn Jersey that was turning heads as well. While Herro waited until the end of the year, due to injury and the break forced by the coronavirus, to show the world exactly who he was and is capable of becoming, Nunn had been doing it all year.
Finishing in the top of the mix for the Rookie Of The Year Award, Nunn was a necessary scoring burst for the Heat all year long. He did display a bit of volatility, as every young player does but for the most part, he was needed and delivered.
The Miami Heat have another pair of exciting rookies. Are they another great young duo?
This has us wondering, do the Miami Heat have another set of young studs in tow right now? They do and here’s why they may just have another first-year dynamic duo on their hands.
When you look at Cheap KZ Okpala Jersey, he isn’t a rookie but he didn’t play a ton last season. You also look at the fact that he has supreme length, a skillset that won’t quit, and a year of experience in the league already.
While it seems as though I just contradicted myself, even if he didn’t play a ton, he has been training, watching, listening, and being coached up by guys at the NBA level. That matters a ton.
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His game is predicated upon hustle, grit, and determination though, the Miami Heat way essentially and that bodes well for his rookie campaign. He’s the guy that doesn’t have to score to impact the game immensely.
Really, that same thing can go for Okpala as well. That’s just why they both should have a great impact this season.
Unlike Nunn and Herro, guards, who need to do a bit more to have an impact, these guys are forwards and wings. They don’t have to do as much to have as big an impact as their positions dictate they can impact the game greatly from less focused roles.
In example, they don’t have to be on-ball to impact the game on ball, dish-outs and rebounds for example are ways they will likely contribute. Whereas you don’t expect Nunn or Herro to hit the offensive boards for putback buckets, both of these guys should have some of that in their repertoires.
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It’s really as simple as that. With their size and athleticism, they should both find meaningful ways to contribute early on.
I firmly believe that. That’s also why I believe the Miami Heat do, indeed, have another first-year dynamic duo on their hands.