Clinic business

Bam Adebayo on his Miami community youth basketball clinic: ‘They show me so much love…at least I can do it’

Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo recently explained that his Bam Youth Basketball Clinic is a way for him to give back to the Miami community.

“It’s a good thing just because I didn’t have that kind of opportunity when I was younger,” Adebayo said. “To be someone who can give the kids the opportunity to play basketball. I started in sixth. They start first and second, so they have a head start.

Additionally, Adebayo noted how his five seasons as a member of the Heat created a bond that makes his clinic so rewarding.

“The community is so supportive of me,” Adebayo said. “They show me so much love. … At least I can do that [for the community].”

This year’s edition of the clinic, which took place on Saturday, attracted more than 200 children at a cost of $100 per participant. However, Adebayo graciously donated 50 places for local children to participate.

Adebayo began his time in the Heat organization as the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. In his first two seasons, he showed a strong work ethic and plenty of promise.

Over the next three seasons, he became his own and averaged double-doubles in the 2019-20 season and last season. He narrowly missed that accolade in the 2020-21 campaign, when he averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

In addition to his production in these areas, Adebayo became a defensive force during his time in the NBA.

Over the past month, his name has come up amid rumors that the Heat could be traded for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant. It has surely been a lot for him, although he understands the business side of the game.

For now, Adebayo is focused on preparing for the 2022-23 season and will continue to do everything he can to ensure Heat fans are happy with his game.