PHILADELPHIA – Bam Adebayo was disappointed he and Dwyane Wade could not hook up for a lob pass during Wade’s first game back in Miami on Friday.
“I missed one today,” Adebayo said after that victory over the Bucks. “Everybody misses one. But my time is coming with D-Wade and we’re going to share that together.”
That time came during the Heat’s loss in Toronto on Tuesday. About two minutes after Wade entered the game in the first period he eyed the energetic rookie near the rim and floated the pass.
And Adebayo did what he does best, slammed it through. Wade finished with six assists, two of those flushed home by Adebayo.
After two games, Wade understands why the Heat are so high on the 6-foot-10 big man they took out of Kentucky with the 14th overall pick.
“The kid is good, man,” Wade said Tuesday. “As he continues to learn the game he’s very intelligent, he picks up things very fast. As he continues to learn the game, have more time on the floor it’s going to be real, real, real special.”
Adebayo has been respectful of the 15-year veteran who entered the league before Adebayo started kindergarten.
“He sees the floor,” the 20-year-old Adebayo said. “He’s been in these moments so he knows exactly what’s going to happen at the right time and the right moment. I’m just following his lead.”
Wade, 36, likes the Heat’s big-man combination and has included starting center Hassan Whiteside in his array of lob passes.
“I think it’s a great combination to have Whiteside and Bam, they play different,” Wade said. “You can’t ask Whiteside to play like Bam or vise-versa. They just play different and it’s a good combination to have two bigs that can affect the game like those two can.”
Whiteside’s introduction to the Wade lob came on Friday.
“He’s a Hall of Fame talent,” Whiteside said. “His IQ is amazing. He knows when to look at the spots and when to throw it and make the right decisions. I told him, ‘it’s been a while since I had one at the top of the key like that.’ He caught me off guard. But once we got the full of things, it was good.”