Bam Adebayo Gives Malik Monk the Finger After Intense Finish to Heat-Lakers Game

Published 11/11/2021, 8:19 AM EST
Oct 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) celebrates after dunking against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most illustrious franchises in the NBA. The Los Angeles based franchise has amassed fans all over the globe with their achievements in the NBA. Over the years, they have boasted of star packed rosters of NBA legends. The franchise currently employs stars like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Malik Monk, and others.

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The Lakers front office has built the team around the superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Acquiring other star players to compliment their talismanic duo has been a successful approach for the franchise. One such acquisition was Malik Monk. Last night, Monk played against the Miami Heat in an intense home game. Malik scored five points of his 27-point haul in overtime to force a Lakers victory.

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A Lakers fan on Twitter noticed what Heat’s player, Bam Adebayo, did on Instagram after the game. Adebayo left a comment on Malik Monk’s celebratory Instagram post in the game’s aftermath. Monk captioned the post with, “Some of yall counted me out. Imma stay down though!” Adebayo left a comment on the post, which included only a middle finger emoji.

Adebayo’s comment could pass as banter and in jest as he and Monk played for the Kentucky Wildcats while in college. Monk and Adebayo parted ways as the Charlotte Hornets selected Monk as the eleventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. The Miami Heat drafted Adebayo in that season’s draft itself as the 14th overall pick. The Lakers signed Monk on a minor league deal in August 2021.

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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in a home game at the Staples Center. LeBron James was a major absence as he missed the game with an abdominal strain. In LeBron’s absence, however, Malik Monk brought the heat for the Lakers against the Miami side.

Nov 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots against the Miami Heat during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Monk led the Lakers’ scoring with 27 points as teammate Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, with Anthony Davis adding another 24 points. Bam Adebayo scored 28 points as Tyler Herro scored 27 points but could not prevent the Heat from continuing their two game losing streak. The Lakers will face the Minnesota Timberwolves next and Miami will go up against the Clippers.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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