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It was early winter, pre-pandemic, with the NBA in full swing, and as Chris Bosh lounged courtside at the AmericanAirlines Arena enjoying the benefits of being a beloved retired Heat champion, he witnessed something that awakened an old, familiar pang.
“It was Bam Adebayo, bringing the ball up,” Bosh said. “I had to give Spo a hard time. When I played, he got upset with me when I did that. I called him on it. He just smiled and said, ‘Hey, man, we’re just trying to get better.'”
Nearly nine months later, Adebayo is an NBA sensation in a carefully constricted bubble, an absurdly athletic, rim-running big man with a crafty basketball IQ who can attack off the dribble, dish like a veteran point guard, set bone-crunching screens, suffocate elite perimeter shooters and reject offerings from future superstars into the seats. The Miami Heat have crashed the NBA Finals, slicing opponents into tiny, little slivers with well-designed cuts, smart execution and, of course, 3-point marksmanship that occasionally boggles the mind.
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