Heat star Jimmy Butler gives brutally honest take on Bam Adebayo’s playing style
Jimmy Butler is never one to hold back his thoughts, especially on concerns regarding his team and teammates. After giving the Miami Heat a harsh reality check, he turned his focus on All-Star center Bam Adebayo and the way he plays.
Per Adam Hermann of NBC Sports, Butler detailed how Adebayo is wasting his opportunities by not attacking the basket and getting comfortable shooting midrange jump shots. For the Heat veteran, Bam would flourish more by using his size and playing what he calls “bully ball.”
“I want Bam to attack the rim because nobody can stay in front of him,” Butler said. “Nobody can stay in front of him. Go. You’re going to get fouled or you’re going to dunk on somebody. That’s cool. I love him shooting midrange jump shots too, but he lets people off the hook. Play bully ball. I like bully ball,” Butler said of the Heat center.
Put simply, Jimmy Butler wants Bam Adebayo to be more aggressive. After all, as Jimmy Buckets noted, it could only end up in a few ways: him getting fouled or scoring a cool dunk.
Of course, there is also the possibility of Adebayo getting blocked, but let’s be honest, there’s a bigger chance of him getting fouled or scoring than getting denied at the rim.
While it is a rather brutal opinion from Butler, who also called the Heat roster “soft,” he does mean well. His grit and tenacity is also the reason why he fits perfectly in the Miami culture that highlights accountability and teamwork.
For what it’s worth, this is also not the first time Butler has shown tough love to Adebayo. To recall, a video showing Jimmy not dapping Bam after the latter missed a free throw recently went viral. In the said clip, Butler can only be seen looking at Adebayo with disappointment.
Lil Brother Holding Me Accountable Lmao. https://t.co/bpPeBmcNzG
— 13am Adebayo💥 (@Bam1of1) April 12, 2021