Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo signed a big contract extension this offseason and now he has set some big goals as he wants to continue his growth and end up as a top-5 big men in NBA history. Adebayo, who was taken at No.
14 in the 2017 NBA draft by the Heat, enjoyed a strong 2019/2020 season as last season he averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 rebounds. "I definitely want to be, long time down the road when my career ends, whenever somebody mentions a top-five center or top-five power forward, they always got to mention my name," Adebayo said, per ESPN.
"That's how I want to be remembered. Keep changing basketball." Adebayo has quickly become a fan favorite when it comes to big men and he is happy that young kids are looking up to him. "It just shows respect for my game," Adebayo said.
"I feel like I'm trying to change basketball; being a center, being able to play both sides of the ball and being able to pass as well as I can, that's a difference-maker on a team, especially at the center spot, so it's respect at all levels."
Adebayo wants to help the Heat win
This offseason, the Heat rewarded Adebayo with a massive five-year, $163 million extensios -- which could be worth up to $200 million. "That's how I kind of felt, thinking, like, an organization believes in me to where I'm worth 163, possibly 200 mil," Adebayo said.
"So when you put it in that form, responsibility really kicks in and it really hits home. Now it's my time to figure out how we can win, how we can get to that level -- where we can raise that trophy. That's my goal.
That's the responsibility that I have, and I'm going to figure that out one way or another." Adebayo missed some games in the NBA Finals because of an injury but he is feeling fine now. "I'm good," Adebayo said.
"That's been a big question if I'm healthy. I'm healthy. Back in the gym and ready for this season to get going. It feels like a longer time [off] than what I expected. Just the simple fact we ended the season on a loss, so two weeks seemed like two months when it's misery involved.
So, ready to get the season back, ready to get going, ready to get the new guys acclimated to the Heat culture. I feel like it's going to be a great season."