Bam Adebayo Rumors

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Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo
Position: F-C
Born: 07/18/97
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $3,454,080
Bam Adebayo knew it was over before the competition even started. The Miami Heat’s 21-year-old center, along with NBA alumnus Walter Bond and former Miami Hurricane Russell Maryland, took on Takeru Kobayashi in a competitive burger-eating challenge at BurgerFi’s new Pinecrest location Wednesday afternoon. As expected, Kobayashi won in a landslide 20-9. “Average eater,” Adebayo said, pointing to himself, “world-championship eater … You kind of lose from the jump. It’s like a high school player playing against LeBron.”
Last month you heard your name in trade talks for Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. What did it mean to you when the Heat fell out of those discussions because they were unwilling to part with you? Bam Adebayo: “It boosted my confidence extremely. They have high expectations for me. What that means is I’ve got to go in there and be who they want me to be. I can’t take time off. I can’t lose focus of what my goal is and what their goal is for me. They passed on two All-Stars to keep me. I’m thankful for that but also it’s a business at the end of the day … their business was to keep me. I’m just out there trying to keep the main goal the main goal, which is to win.”
Storyline: Bam Adebayo Trade?
You’ve often said you love playing in Miami. How much did you pay attention to those trade rumors? Were you nervous? Bam Adebayo: “I wasn’t nervous. It’s that state of mind where you just don’t know. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Every day when I got a (social-media) notification, I would break out in sweats because I’d be like, ‘Yo, this might be the day. I might be shipped out of here.’ Seriously, it’s a kind of feeling a lot of people don’t know what that feels like. I’ve seen my brother (Josh Richardson) get traded. That feeling sucks the air out of the room. That’s pretty much how it feels. If my phone was ringing, just hearing that, you’re like, `Today might be the day.’ It’s the state of the unknown. It’s pretty scary.”
You did not get to workout with Giannis Antetokounmpo this summer but how did that friendship materialize? Bam Adebayo: “I didn’t but we’ll cross paths. We’ve got the same agent and I feel like it started because we started respecting each other’s games. When we go at it, it’s like force meets force. There’s no back down from either one of us. When you play against dudes like that, it’s a grind but you start to respect him because he’s not backing from me and I’m not backing down from him. It came from mutual respect of each other.”