Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo Invited Bam Adebayo to Train Last Summer After Recognizing His Talent

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Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo is taking the league by storm this season.

However, Milwaukee Bucks reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo recognized the big man’s talent last season.

According to Michael Lee of The Athletic, Antetokounmpo recognized Adebayo’s potential last year and invited him to a rare offseason workout as a result.

“Antetokounmpo recognized Adebayo’s talent last season and invited him to work out last summer — a huge compliment from a player averse to training with the opposition and revealing any trade secrets,” Lee wrote. “Despite sharing the same agent, Alex Saratsis, and Nigerian heritage, they weren’t able to get together because of Antetokounmpo’s busy schedule — which included an MVP victory lap, the launching of a signature shoe and commitment to playing for the Greek national team — and Adebayo’s failed tryout with Team USA.”

Adebayo, 22, is one the best young players in the league.

The 6-foot-9 big man is posting career-highs across the board this year. He is averaging 16.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game this season.

Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo is having another MVP-caliber campaign. The 25-year-old is putting up 29.6 points, 13.7 boards and 5.8 assists per contest this season.

Furthermore, his production and leadership have the Bucks with the top overall record in the league.

Yet, the Heat have a 2-0 record against the Bucks this season.

The last time the Heat and Bucks met, Adebayo shut down the 6-foot-11 superstar. As a matter of fact, the Heat held Antetokounmpo to a season-low 13 points in that contest.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.