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Heat’s Bam Adebayo ‘going to be a force to reckon with in this league’

Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk interact with kids at UK basketball camp

Former Kentucky basketball players Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk interact with kids during the second day of the 2017 John Calipari UK Pro Camp at the Joe Craft Center in Memorial Coliseum.
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Former Kentucky basketball players Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk interact with kids during the second day of the 2017 John Calipari UK Pro Camp at the Joe Craft Center in Memorial Coliseum.

The Miami Heat veterans’ praise of rookie forward/center Bam Adebayo has been eye-opening.

“That guy Bam has a chance to be something really special,” Heat guard Tyler Johnson said. “You watch him at Kentucky, I thought he was a Dwight Howard, big bodied, couldn’t really move.

“You put him on the perimeter and he can guard one through five. You would not expect a guy that big and with such broad shoulders to be able to have the touch he has. But he has nice touch. I’m telling you, he’s going to be special.”

Johnson sees similarities between Adebayo and former NBA star Chris Webber.

Adebayo likes Kevin Garnett as a comparison.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington put it this way: “He’s going to be a force to reckon with in this league for a long time. He’s going to be the steal of the draft. Bam as a young guy, his work ethic is so impressive to me. We all know about his athleticism and the way he flies. But he also can shoot pretty well. His jumper has been pretty consistent. He’s getting back to the three point line. and he knows them down and and does it pretty consistently.”

Adebayo said he’s ideal for this organization’s culture. “I feel like I’m a Heat guy. I fight, I scratch, I play hard.”

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Former Kentucky players Bam Adebayo dribbled with the kids as he took part in the 2017 John Calipari UK Pro Camps at the Joe Craft Center in Lexington on Aug.2, 2017. Michael Reaves Michael Reaves

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