Here is what Heat center Bam Adebayo said about incorporating Euro step into his game


Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell during Monday’s summer league game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO – Goran Dragic with the Euro step, that’s something Heat fans are accustomed to seeing.

Even Dion Waiters and at times, 7-footer Kelly Olynyk. But sight of 6-foot-10 Bam Adebayo, whose game basically is played in a box under the basket, with the ball in his hands and not only Euro stepping, but finishing and drawing the foul, was pretty common in the Heat’s summer league opener, a 79-68 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center.

Adebayo went to the move several times Monday, once against big man Jordan Bell, the Warriors second round pick last year, that resulted in a successful soft floater as Bell was fouling Adebayo.

“That something I’m comfortable with,” he said. “I know it’s an easy move. I feel like I got it off today. I just got to finish plays off.”

Adebayo said he incorporated the move into his game as a senior in high school.

“Just running full speed at somebody they’re obviously going to move,” he said. “Some people are brave enough to take that hit but some people decide to just move. Incorporating that into my game helped me get easy layups.”

Adebayo, starting his second year after being the Heat’s first-round pick (14th overall) out Kentucky in 2017, had a rough night from the floor. He finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds but made just 3-of-13 shots. He got to the line 11 times, making eight.

“I know my shot is going to fall,” he said. “I just got to keep worrying about the defensive side and everything will take care of itself.”

Heat summer league coach Eric Glass agreed.

“If he’s attacking the rim we’re happy,” Glass said. “Those shots will fall eventually. He’s too good a player he works too hard. But if he’s putting pressure on the rim were happy.”

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