Having witnessed the connection between Rick Ross and the Miami Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Heat heart Bam Adebayo mentioned Friday it solely appears pure to have the Carol City-raised rapper on the voice of this season’s FTX Arena player-introduction video.
“I mean Ross comes around here often,” Adebayo mentioned forward of Friday night time’s sport towards the visiting Boston Celtics. “And for me, I listened to Rick Ross since I was younger. So being able to meet the guy is a big moment for me, because he’s been one of the best artists out.”
The Heat debuted Ross’ Push It as their intro theme earlier than Wednesday night time’s season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls.
“Having him on our Jumbotron, really trying to be in the community, trying to breathe his life into the culture way, it’s just respect,” Adebayo mentioned. “And then clearly he’s been with the Big Three and he’s had that historical past.
“So just trying to carry that torch, it’s just respect to me.”
Adebayo spoke on the morning shootaround about Thursday’s loss of life of NBA referee Tony Brown at 55 from pancreatic most cancers.
“Tony was one of those referees, he never let us get under his skin,” Adebayo mentioned. “You know, throughout the 50-50 calls and us blowing up about it, intense moments, he was one of those referees I could go up to and say it with my emotion, but he wouldn’t take it that way.”
That, Adebayo mentioned, made Brown totally different.
“You’ll get teched up pretty quick in this league,” Adebayo mentioned. “They don’t care about your twenty-five hundred. But that’s the factor, we may blow up and have our second as a result of we’re human. If we predict that’s a foul name, we’ve acquired the best to specific ourselves. Some referees get offended about it.
“Tony was one of those guys, I could blow up, he would be like, ‘Well, man, from my angle it’s a foul.’ He kept it cool, calm and collected. So for me, man, I’m sad he’s gone. Sending my condolences to his family.”
Give it time
Adebayo smiled when requested Friday about first-round choose Nikola Jovic being held out of Wednesday’s season opener.
“I mean, when I got here I didn’ play until, what, November, mid-November, early December, something like that? So it’s a pecking order,” mentioned Adebayo, who was held out of two of the Heat’s first three video games as a rookie in 2017 and didn’t get full rotation traction till late November that season.
“But when his moment’s called, be ready,” he mentioned of Jovic, the No. 27 select of Serbia. “We acquired the saying, UD [Udonis Haslem] created it, ‘Stay ready so you ain’t acquired to prepare.’ And he’s been doing that, day in and day trip.
“You all see him at the game not playing, but behind the scenes he’s working out, watching film, staying ready.”
Guard Max Strus mentioned Friday that it could be taking the straightforward means out to quote any dropoff in Heat protection as a result of offseason lack of energy ahead P.J. Tucker to the Philadelphia 76ers in free company.
“Defense is a team thing, so it’s not one guy that’s going to make or break us,” he mentioned. “So we’ll be alright. I know P.J.’s a great player and we loved having him here. But we just need to be better all around, and we’ve got the guys to do it, so we’ll figure it out.”
To the purpose
Adebayo was succinct when requested in regards to the feelings of going through the Celtics for the primary time since Boston eradicated the Heat in Game 7 of final season’s Eastern Conference finals.
“I mean, we all went home,” he mentioned. “That’s the bottom line. The team, organization, the staff, we got sent home. So that’s something to think about when you go out on that court.”