Feb 23, 2021
Heat Star Comments on Politics of Vicious NBA All-Star Snub
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Getty Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo was selected to his first NBA All-Star game last year.
Two-time All-Star don’t sound bad, right? Those were the exact words Bam Adebayo used to describe what being selected as an All-Star reserve would mean to him. Well, Adebayo won’t have to worry about listing that title.
The Kentucky product was left off the Team Durant roster on Tuesday evening by voting conducted by league coaches. He and Jimmy Butler were both snubbed so the Miami Heat — the defending Eastern Conference champions — won’t have any representatives playing in the NBA All-Star game on March 7.
Adebayo is averaging a career-high in points (19.6) while pulling down 9.5 rebounds and blocking 1.0 shots per game. Butler’s absence is less egregious considering he missed 10 games due to health and safety protocols. The 31-year-old is averaging 19.1 points, 7.6 assists, 7.6 rebounds per game.
Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star reserves:
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
The snub seems a bit harsher for Adebayo who talked about it after Monday’s game. He has taken on a noticeably more vocal leadership role in the Heat locker room this year. But don’t tell him those individual accolades don’t matter. They do.
“It’s important. I want to be an All-Star,” Adebayo told reporters on Monday night. “You know two-time All-Star don’t sound bad.”
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— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 23, 2021
The 23-year-old — and number one running mate to Butler — isn’t numb to the politics involved. He knows there is more that goes into the All-Star selection process than picking guys on talent alone.
“I get it, there’s politics in this, you know it’s a sliding scale so,” Adebayo said. “I hope I’m an All-Star but … politics in this, sliding scale, I get it.”
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The Heat was thought to be dead and buried before the All-Star break. ESPN analyst and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce predicted Miami would miss the playoffs. So did a slew of other nay-sayers who pegged them as “products of the bubble.”
Not Butler. He said to “book it” when asked about their playoff chances as he continues to keep the outside noise out. Sometimes the team can “start making stuff up” after long losing streaks fueled by too much negative press.
“That’s just the league for you now, let your guard down, bad things happen,” Butler said. “And I think sometimes we start making stuff up, get way far away from who we are as a basketball team and that hurts us at times. It doesn’t end well for us, I should say that.
"We're in it together. We win together, we lose together, but let's keep winning together…"
Jimmy Butler sums up the Heat's 7-game road trip and how it feels to be headed back home with the W#HEATTwitter #NBA pic.twitter.com/jOlcc9H78M
— FOX Sports Sun: HEAT (@FOXSportsHEAT) February 23, 2021
“But we get it, we understand it. We just can’t let it happen so very often and that’s why we won three [in a row], you know — we’re in it together. We win together, we lose together, but let’s keep winning together.”Heat Update Injury Report versus Toronto
Heat guards Tyler Herro (hip) and Goran Dragic (ankle) are both listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s home game against the Toronto Raptors. Chris Silva (hip) was also upgraded to questionable and there is growing optimism all three players could be available.
The Heat have listed Goran Dragic (ankle), Tyler Herro (hip) and Chris Silva (hip) as questionable for Wednesday night vs. Raptors. That is an upgrade for both Dragic and Silva.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 23, 2021
Herro left Saturday’s game late in the first half after seeing 14 minutes. He’s averaging 16.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Dragic has been out since twisting his left ankle on Feb. 5, while Silva hasn’t seen action since Jan. 16. The Heat are returning to Miami after a seven-game road trip and hoping to make a strong playoff push with a fully healthy lineup.
“You want to grow through your experiences and sometimes your experiences are painful, tough,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And that’s what we had at the start of this trip, but we came in the next day, the Sacramento walk-through, it was all business.”
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Creighton players: Greg McDermotts plantation comments hurt us
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A sixth player who didn’t speak in the video, star guard Marcus Zegarowski, said after the 93-73 win over Butler that even though McDermott made a mistake with his choice of words, he loves and supports all of his players.
McDermott twice used the term “plantation” as part of an analogy urging team unity. The university suspended McDermott indefinitely on Thursday, after he had coached in a Wednesday loss at Villanova. Assistant coach Alan Huss was interim head coach for the Butler game.
“I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,” McDermott told the players after a loss at Xavier on Feb. 27, using a term evocative of slavery and the antebellum South.
Creighton players hadn’t commented publicly about McDermott’s remarks until five Black players spoke in the pregame video at CHI Health Center.see also
“James Baldwin said not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed without being faced,” Christian Bishop said at the start.
Shereef Mitchell then said, “For slaves, life on a plantation was filled with mental, emotional, physical, psychological and sexual abuse. You were owned as property and not human. Slaves had no rights and no voice. They were branded like cattle, forced from their homeland and stripped of their culture, language and basic human rights. They worked 18 hours a day six days a week. Any sign of wrongdoing such as lack of productivity, not following instructions or resistance would result in beatings or death and that is why…”
“What Coach Mac said hurt me and my teammates,” Denzel Mahoney said.
Antwaan Jones then said, “People speak about inequalities and equalities but don’t truly know what it means to be equal. And I feel like this is the start for a new conversation to be had in the future. Let’s continue to educate each other and let’s continue to grow.”
Damien Jefferson said, “If I was your son, would it matter then? Let’s not be OK with racism. Let’s start the conversation.”see also
The video ended in silence with all the Creighton players locked arm in arm on the court.
Afterward, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem, was played.
Neither team was on the court for the national anthem.
Zegarowski, unprompted, praised McDermott for the impact he’s made on him since he arrived on campus and that the coach’s locker room remarks shouldn’t define him.
“A lot of guys in that locker room were hurting from it, and I was hurting from what he said,” Zegarowski said. “At the same time, coach Mac has been a huge mentor for me and I know he would take a bullet for me and everybody in that locker room, including the coaching staff.
“I know he made a really bad mistake with what he said. Only I know everything he’s done for me as a player, but more important as a human being. He loves me, he loves everybody in that locker room. That’s my coach, I love that dude. People make mistakes, and that’s my guy.”
McDermott publicly apologized Tuesday and again Wednesday. Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said additional sanctions were under consideration, none of which would be made public.Filed under college basketball , creighton blue jays , greg mcdermott , 3/6/21