Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo told Melissa Rohlin of Fox Sports that he knew Gabe Vincent was going to be an impact player for their group when the gritty guard scored 21 points vs. Team USA during a 90-87 pre-Olympic exhibition win with Nigeria back in 2021.
(via NBA Interviews):
Rohlin: “At what point did you realize Gabe Vincent was going to become as impactful as a player as he’s become for this team?”
Adebayo: “Man, when he torched us in the Olympics, in the exhibition game facing Nigeria. He came out with that type of energy, that type of voracity and that anger. I feel like, from there, I was like, ‘he’s one of us.’”