Miami Heat’s president Pat Riley on Bam Adebayo: “I love him to death”

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Bam Adebayo made huge strides as the Miami Heat starting center in the last two seasons and that’s thanks to his work ethic and Erik Spoelstra, according to Heat’s president Pat Riley.

In his recent media briefing, Riley addressed Adebayo’s growth claiming that he loves his skill set “to death”. Adebayo became a versatile defender with a great offensive package, since he entered the league as a raw athletic center.

“… Erik Spoelstra would have put him in the situations as the main trigger man in our offense as a point-center, unless he had great confidence in his ability to handle the ball and make plays as a passer. He didn’t do that his rookie year. He didn’t do half of the things that he does now. And that’s just through steady work and growth, development, and confidence.

I love him to death. Practice gives you confidence. When you prepare you become confident in what you do out there. So Bam will practice, and he will get better. Erik will expand his game, and I think he’ll become better in all facets of the game,” Riley said, per Barry Jackson of Miami Herald.

Adebayo, who was a first-time All-Star last season, is set to make just over $5 million next season on his current deal and he will be a restricted free agent in the 2021 offseason.