Heat’s Bam Adebayo admits he ‘got a little teary-eyed’ after receiving a heartfelt birthday message from Udonis Haslem
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@bam1of1 I'd be lying if I said I've had or could ask for a better young fella!!! As much as you nag, aggravate, and antagonize the hell out of me, you make it a joy to come to work everyday. The way you see the game. The way you approach the game. Who you play for. Why you play. And how you reach your goal of getting there all falls in line with the young UD. Although different styles we not that different at all kid. Been looking for someone to take this shit and run wit and from where I'm sitting it's you! You have the mold of a lifer!! It was never more evident then watching you finish the season the way you did last year… Never complained. Just lead by example no matter the circumstances mentally or physically. This bout all the good shit you gonna hear from me til next year so enjoy it kid. Lol. We gon have a lil fun for ya bday then it's back to verbally abusing you. Lol. HBD young fella!!! Idk how old yo ass really is but it's still a blessing to see another year!! Lol. Love ya lil bro/son!!! #og
As he told Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Adebayo was touched by Haslem’s claim that Adebayo had the “mold of a [Heat] lifer.”
“First of all, that is the first time UD has said that much about me, and it just happened to be on my birthday,” he said. “I love UD. He’s like my brother. So it kind of hit the heart a little bit, got a little teary-eyed. It was a good heartfelt message and I probably won’t get that again until my 23rd birthday.”
Certainly, third-year big man Adebayo could learn a lot from Haslem as a figurehead for the Heat organization. Haslem has spent his entire 16-year career with the Heat, and he is second in a variety of team records, such as games and minutes played (behind only Dwyane Wade), and first in total rebounds, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds in team history.
Could Adebayo follow in Haslem’s illustrious footprints? Bam has the draft pedigree as a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. A stunning athlete, he played in all 82 games for the Heat last season, producing a multitude of career-highs and starting in a career-high 28 games.
He also showed vast improvement from his rookie season, so perhaps Haslem’s praise was prescient.