‘I Got Yelled a Lot in My Rookie Year.’: Bam Adebayo Shares the Other Side of the Famous Miami Heat Culture

December 21, 2020 9:31 pm

The 2019-20 season saw the meteoric rise of a new star in Bam Adebayo. He was decent in his first two years but burst onto the scene averaging 15.9 points, 5.1 assists and 10.5 rebounds.

The Heat recently drafted another aggressive forward in Precious Achiwua. Bam was recently asked about what his advice to his fellow rookie forward would be. He said, “I got yelled a lot in my rookie year.” He added, “Stay ready, until you get ready. That will be the quote I pass on to P.”

When asked which teammates yelled at him, Adebayo said, “The two Sons of Miami.” The teammates Adebayo is referring to here are Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.


Both Wade and Haslem have spent the majority of their career playing for the Heat. They are a testimony of the Heat culture and were the two big veterans tasked to familiarize the new additions like Adebayo to the Heat. Under the veterans’ leadership, the rookies like Adebayo and Robinson developed into crucial players for the team.

Can the Miami Heat be the best in the East?

When the Miami Heat entered the 2019-20 playoffs, now much was expected of them. To everyone’s shock the Heat steam-rolled everyone in the East and were a big problem for the Lakers. If not for the injury to Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic, the series could have been much more close.

This off-season, the Heat have been one of the most silent teams. They have re-signed some important players and added a great replacement guard in Avery Bradley.

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) battle for a loose ball during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This time around, the East has become much more competitive. With a healthy duo Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets have emerged as new favorites in the East.

Even the existing teams have strengthened. The 76ers lacked three-point shooting, but this offseason added Seth Curry and Danny Green. The Bucks have also upgraded their roster by bringing in Jrue Holiday.

If the younger players like Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro can continue to develop, the Heat still can be a top team, but to become the Best in the East will be pretty difficult this time around.

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Aditya Mohapatra

Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News. This die-hard Lakers fan considers LeBron James his idol.

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