Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported today that Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has committed to join the 12-player Team USA roster for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, his agent Alex Saratsis tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2021
This news comes a few days after Jimmy Butler declined an invitation to join the team, deciding instead to rest and focus on the 2021-22 season. As I said back in January, Adebayo could be hungry to play on the 2021 Olympic stage after Gregg Popovich cut him from the 2019 FIBA World Cup team, telling him that he wasn’t ready.
From a Miami Heat fan’s perspective, this experience for Adebayo should be a chance for him to improve his game, especially his jump shot. We also can’t ignore that many believe — even though none of the players have admitted so — that the 2008 “Redeem Team” featuring Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh planted the seeds for the three to play in Miami two years later.
Duncan Robinson, who will be a free agent, remains the last Heat player who was listed among the 2021 Olympic player pool back in January.