‘Overlooked’: Bam Adebayo Calls Out Entire Team For Not Playing to the Miami Heat Culture

Published 01/17/2021, 2:39 AM EST
Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat have endured a poor start to the season. After reaching the NBA Finals last year, the Heat started the season on a losing note, going 4-7. Players that were performing high-level last year have dipped in their level. Tonight, the Heat put in another disappointing performance against the Detroit Pistons, the worst team in the NBA. And Bam Adebayo isn’t happy.

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Bam Adebayo slams the Heat

After their loss to the Pistons, Bam Adebayo spoke to the press. Adebayo was extremely unhappy with how the Heat played against a weaker team. He believes that through the season the Heat have not lived up to the Miami Heat culture and are putting on poor performances that go against their mantra.

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He said, “We didn’t play to…the Miami Heat culture that we represent…We’re built on the culture. The culture is – take a bunch of guys, counted out, overlooked, and you figure it out. Right now, we’re not doing it.”

The Miami Heat has been a surprising disappointment so far. Given their spectacular run to the NBA Finals last year, many expected the team to be a solid contender in the Eastern Conference. However, the Heat have looked lethargic in their games. Star players like Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have not been playing their best basketball.

The Heat seem to have cooled down

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Many have speculated why the Heat has been so poor this year. One reason given is the short off-season they had. Between the NBA Finals and the start of the new season, the Heat only had 71 days to recover and get started for the campaign. However, that can’t be a viable excuse, as the Lakers had the same amount of time, and they now have the best record in the entire NBA.

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) fouls New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat were able to keep their key players during the off-season. Players like Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, and Jimmy Butler are still with the team. So their inability to continue their great form from last season is surprising. Pat Riley has made it no secret that he wants to bring another superstar to Miami. At this rate, that may be his only solution to help the Heat.

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Can the Miami Heat turn their season around? It is still early in the campaign, and they have the talent to do it. However, they must drastically improve their performances, and key players need to step up to bring this team back to winning ways.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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