Erik Spoelstra calls Bam Adebayo’s energy, quickness …

Erik Spoelstra calls Bam Adebayo’s energy, quickness and toughness off the bench “infectious.” Whiteside (7-0, 265) has started to show more of those elements of late perhaps in part because of the emergence of the 6-10, 255-pound rookie. Hassan Whiteside said he feels Adebayo’s energy on the court. “It’s crazy because I’m turning around and all I [see] is a shadow,” Whiteside said. “I see a shadow when we run off of rebounds and blocks. I know if somebody gets past me, it’s like a layup and I’m looking and turning around like this guy is coming out of nowhere [to block the shot], and vice versa. It’s definitely different because I’ve never played with anybody like that, not on the court with them.”
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The reigning slam dunk champion won’t be back in time to defend his crown but would like to see Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell participate in Los Angeles just like the rest of the world. “Definitely. Just based off the highlights that I’ve seen and just watching his game. I like his game,” Glenn Robinson III said. “I know a lot of people do and a lot of fans is excited and that’s the most important part. So I think that he definitely is going to be on that list to be in it.”
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