Bam Adebayo’s “Blame Guys” Shade at Darvin Ham Gets the Approval of NBA Fans: “Heat Would Never Allow This”

Published 01/07/2024, 2:03 PM EST

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Bam Adebayo, one of the trios leading the Miami Heat this season, recently took a dig at Lakers’ coach, Darvin Ham as he drew comparisons to the Heat’s head coach, Erik Spoelstra. When asked about the Purple & Gold’s continuing struggles, Ham had promptly chalked it up to injuries. Not having enough healthy players, and even with them available, not being able to find consistency were the reasons Coach Ham had given.

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And Adebayo was not too happy with his excuses. And the NBA world wholeheartedly agrees. But before we move to the reactions, let’s take a quick look at LA’s struggles.

The Lakers’ struggles and Bam’s answer

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As was reported by The Athletic, there is a disconnect between Ham and the locker room. The different lineup and starter changes are said to be the core of the issue. The most recent instance of this was the abysmal 96-110 loss to a short-handed Heat. The disappointment was so palpable that even Gilbert Arenas and crew urged King James, his wife, Savannah, or agent Rich Paul to take the trash out. While this drama is going on one side, Darvin seems confident that his position with the Lakers is secure. With Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka on his side, Ham looks quite comfortable with his lot in life.

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However, blaming the players for not staying healthy was not the way to go, either. In response to this comment, Bam Adebayo shared, “Spo[Spoelstra] is never going to lower himself to blame guys being out on why he’s not winning. That’s just not Spo. You got 15 guys on the roster for a reason and I feel like Spo tries to maximize all 15 guys.”

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While there were expectations that fans would hate him for this, he actually received love and acknowledgment from everyone for saying the right thing.

Bam Adebayo gets the support of the NBA world for his Ham shade

A Reddit user posted the Dunk Central post from X (Twitter) for a team discussion on the Lakers fan page. The post brings attention to Adebayo’s jab at Ham for his excuse. It would be natural for one to imagine that LA loyalists would rip into Bam for saying so. Yet, it seems like Darvin’s excuses no longer hold the same appeal.

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This is the post that was put up for discussion and now let’s look at a few reactions from fans and non-fans alike. One user agrees with Adebayo 100%. He says,

“Heat would never allow this to happen.”

Another user gives Bam flowers for his “upstanding” character.

“Bam Adebayo is such an upstanding guy, that he stands up for players on the other team.

Yet another user remarks that James might be regretting his decision to leave the Heat and his coach.

“LeBron punching the air for leaving Spo 🥹🥹🥹”

Next up is a fan with a sharp analytical mind. She points out the role Heat culture has on the younger players.

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“That’s because the heat have that culture to spring out any drop they can from the sum of parts they get. Jimmy and bam are their stars but everyone around them is so well coached, anyone can compete and they can pull out wins that way. Ham is not a very good coach so he has to have everything go right for him to be competent.”

And finally, this user keeps it simple with a famous phrase.

“Truth hurts”

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Well, it’s clear that the Lakers franchise needs to sit down and have a serious talk. A heart-to-heart, if that works. Whatever method they choose, it has to be fast!

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