Heat’s Bam Adebayo takes massive L against world champion competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo took one of the most colossal losses of his life, but it was one in good fun and with an even better purpose — even if it was a 20-1 loss he will never forget.
The 6-foot-10 and 265-pound big man matched up against a 5-foot-8, 143-pound rival — usually a no-brainer pick, except the sport wasn’t basketball but competitive eating. And no 5-foot-8 rival is more vicious at chowing down meals than six-time hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi, who chowed down a whopping 20 cheeseburgers to Adebayo’s one.
Adebayo joined Kobayashi and others at the Chow Down for Hunger event at the Pinecrest BurgerFi, which donated $100 for every burger gulped down by the Japanese champion, as proceeds went directly to Feeding South Florida.
One would think the 265-pound rebounding and shot-blocking machine would have more than a cheeseburger in him, but Kobayashi holds 15 World Guinness records for competitive eating, including eating 93 hamburgers in one sitting:
“It’s kind of like a high school player against LeBron,” Adebayo said after his one-cheeseburger performance, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s kind of an automatic loss.
“Bro, this is his profession. I eat one burger in 15 minutes.”
While it didn’t take Adebayo a full 15 minutes to finish his burger, Kobayashi had already chowed down 16 burgers before the Heat center finished the first of the six burgers on his platter through the five-minute contest.
The big man might have been the wrong man for the job, as he arrived straight from an upper-body workout at AmericanAirlines Arena, where he measured at a lean 7% body fat:
“I’ve got to run now to get this out of my belly,” said Adebayo, who noted his new teammate Meyers Leonard would have been a better fit for this competition.
“They definitely should have sent Meyers. He’s one of the guys that’s really into calories.”
Loss aside, Adebayo was happy to participate in this contest for a good cause, even if it meant an extra workout to shed the cheeseburger calories.