Bam Adebayo celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday, and now he’s ready to join the rest of his Miami Heat squad.
According to Five Reasons Sports Network, the former Kentucky Wildcat is expected to make the trip down to the Orlando bubble for the NBA’s restart by Tuesday. Adebayo is one of two Heat players, the other being rookie Kendrick Nunn Jr., who has still yet to link up down in Florida. The league’s restart is planned to tipoff in under two weeks on July 30.
And as for those here for news — even though that’s not what that was tweet was about — I’m told that the Heat team is expected to be complete by Tuesday.
— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) July 18, 2020
No one from within the Heat organization has given an explicit reason as to why Adebayo is not with everyone else and it’s led to some speculation that he might have encountered a positive test for COVID-19, although nothing of the sort has been reported. Maybe he just wanted to live it up one last time for a big birthday bash before another three months of quarantining? Could you blame him?
Adebayo, who made his first All-Star appearance this season, has still not yet had the opportunity to practice with his team down in Orlando. Considering the restart is just 11 days from tipping off, every team needs to take full advantage of the short time they have together and Adebayo’s delayed arrival isn’t ideal for the quick turnaround. However, his impact is still going to be absolutely necessary if Miami intends on making a deep playoff run; they’ll take whatever time they can get with Adebayo.
— 13am Adebayo? (@Bam1of1) July 18, 2020
And if you needed to know just how adored Adebayo is, not only by his teammates but by players and coaches across the league, just check out some of the serious love he was receiving on social media.
Happy birthday bro! ???? peace and blessings https://t.co/kQopsEUE1T
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) July 19, 2020
Happy birthday bro https://t.co/QjMAS2paMy
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) July 19, 2020
Erik Spoelstra: Bam Adebayo is a player with no ceiling pic.twitter.com/ajLpcOytxs
— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) July 15, 2020