He finally confirmed what we were all speculating.
Unbeknownst to the public, Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo was diagnosed with COVID-19, delaying his arrival to the NBA’s restart down at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort.
Heat’s Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn confirm COVID absences, might play Saturday. https://t.co/lDdG7Dd72H
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 25, 2020
On Friday, Adebayo, who was mostly asymptomatic, spoke to reporters via Zoom to update everyone on his experience. When asked to describe his experience of dealing with the virus, the former ‘Cat said it wasn’t all that exciting.
“Boring. That’s all I can say about that,” Adebayo said about being quarantined. “I was pretty much fine the whole time. It’s a crazy thing because somebody could be asymptomatic and then the next person — you don’t know what it could do to their body.”
Along with Adebayo, fellow Heat teammate Kendrick Nunn was also diagnosed with the coronavirus. Both players arrived at the NBA’s Bubble campus this past Tuesday, almost two weeks after the majority of the team initially made the trip. The Heat franchise elected not to disclose the exact reason for Adebayo and Nunn’s delayed arrival, but many assumed it was related to COVID-19 before the players confirmed it themselves.
The two were required to quarantine for 36-48 hours before taking part in team activities, which they began participating in on Thursday. Adebayo sat out the Heat’s second exhibition game on Saturday, as well, but should be ready for the third and final preseason outing this coming Tuesday.
— x – Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 23, 2020
Adebayo and Nunn were scheduled to return much sooner, but due to NBA Bubble protocols, they had to return two consecutive negative tests before being able to join everyone else. Their first test would come back negative only for the second one to come back positive, restarting their quarantine timeline.
Regardless, Adebayo is in the Bubble now and ready to get rolling again. His Miami squad holds the fourth-seed out in the Eastern Conference with a 41-24 record. Odds are high that he’ll garner plenty of votes for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, too, which is currently being voted on.
“Me personally, I would say I’m ready, but that’s ’cause I’m a freak of nature and I just want to play,” Adebayo later added. “That’s the bottom line. I got to take it one day at a time.”
Adebayo isn’t the only former Wildcat who contracted the coronavirus, either. Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 16 and was cleared to return to team activities this past Friday.