Report: USA Basketball Officials Complimented Bam Adebayo Before They Let Him Go

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Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo was cut from Team USA’s roster following their intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, but not all was lost for the 22-year-old.

According to reports, team officials seemed to think highly of the former University of Kentucky player.

Adebayo averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in 23.3 minutes this past season for the Heat. With the retirement of Dwyane Wade, as well as the departure of Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers, Adebayo will be expected to not only start, but perhaps play a bigger role for a team that’s continuing to rebuild.

He was the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft following his lone season at the University of Kentucky. While there, he put up 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 38 games for coach John Calipari’s Wildcats. The team lost by just two points to the University of North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

Without Adebayo, Team USA will continue to train and prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which will start at the end of August.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.