Yesterday Julius Randle withdrew his name from the FIBA world championships and will not play for Team USA.
This comes one day before everyone reports to camp on Monday in Las Vegas. This might be bad news as the BBN will not see Julius play for Team USA. There is also good news as Miami Heat Center Bam Adebayo is set to compete for a roster spot going into China later this month.
Being selected for Team USA is a great honor and an amazing accomplishment just after two years in the league for the Miami Heat.
In an interview with CBS Miami, here is what Bam had to add on what it is going to mean to him to be out there competing this week:
“I feel like it’s going to help me because you are out there with everyone this equivalent to you or better than you technically.” Adebayo also pointed out that if he wants to make the final 12, he is going to go out there and compete and in his words; “it’s going to be a grind.”
As Bam is gearing up for a big week, which can eventually land him in China later this month, his size and rebounding will be the most noticeable factor for the big man.
Last year, Bam averaged 7.3 rebounds and almost a block per game in his 82-game season for the Miami Heat.
He was ranked in the top 40 in the league in rebounds, which will be a key factor that will make him a big problem for the opposition to guard in the tournament in China.
Lastly, after the signing of Hassan Whiteside to Portland, Bam is finding his way to being one of the premier big men in the league. This is just a step to what fans will see coming this fall as he now his teammates with former Cat Tyler Herro and NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler.
Keep updated with KSR for more content on his involvement with Team USA as they gear up for China on Aug. 31.