Q: Ira, I grew up and went to college in Kentucky. I have always admired Bama Adebayo. I do feel, however, that he continued to fall short of what he should have been shooting for. There is certainly nothing wrong with his form. Isn’t it just a matter of repetition and priority in the offseason? – Brent.
A: It is, which is why even something as mundane as the Miami Pro League got a boost Wednesday night when Bam Adebayo took the opportunity to show off his perimeter capabilities. Such work cannot be discounted (but also considered in the proper perspective). But if Bam is asked to do more offensively, that could affect the overall rotation. For example, if Tyler Herra is moved into the starting lineup (which is Tyler’s stated desire), how many shots will Bam actually have after accounting for the offense of Tyler, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry. In addition to having Bam work as a scorer, it may be even more necessary to have a spacer like Max Strauss (or Duncan Robinson) on the court at the same time. Bam as a scorer is intriguing. But in the big picture for the Heat, it may not be as significant as some believe.
Q: Tyler Herro said it all in his interview with Jake Paul – repeat it. – Max.
A: But it’s not that easy, simply because they lost the ability to “run it back” once they lost PJ Tucker in free agency to the 76ers. So now there has to be a different approach to the forward. What the Heat can do is basically run him back. Maybe a better Tyler Herr, a better Victor Oladipo, a better Bam Adebayo and a healthier Kyle Lowry will be enough. It is definitely possible.
Q: Ira, the Heat finished first in the East and were one miss from making the NBA Finals, and yet they are not respected around the league. – Joel.
A: Look, I’m not playing the Christmas game anymore (and to be honest, I’m glad the Heat and Arena staff can be home for the holidays). But the lack of national exposure shows that this is a league more about social media and controversy than good basketball. Perhaps we should already know that.