As Adam Silver regretted, when a player asks to be transferred, like Kevin Durant for example, it has an effect on many players who did not ask for anything. This instability and this uncertainty about his fate can be complicated to manage, and we think in particular of elements of the Heat and the Suns who do not know if they will be used as bargaining chips. For example, Bam Adebayo. We think he is untouchable, but Pat Riley could part with him if there is the possibility of recruiting a size like Kevin Durant.
” It’s like that… We master what we can master he philosophizes. ” Obviously, it’s an opportunity for something else, but in my opinion, we control what we can control. And I can’t control this. »
Author of a season with 19.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.4 weight on average, the Olympic champion knows that his rating is high, but also that his leaders care about him. Result: he does not change anything in his habits and at the moment, he supervises his camps for the youngest: “ I do what I have to do: I get up early, I train, I have a good time with these kids. Then I go home and go to bed. »
Even the loss of PJ Tucker does not worry him because he knows that one of his teammates will take over. He thinks of Caleb Martin, extended this summer. He is the same height as PJ Tucker (1m95), and he could shift to this position.
” Everyone on our team was asked to do something that made them feel uncomfortable, or to play a role they had never played“, recalls Bam Adebayo. ” And a lot of guys have excelled, because we work so hard and we dedicate ourselves so much, it’s our job, it’s our livelihood. When people arrive, they try to make the best impression possible. So I think it will be fine. I know Caleb, he’s probably in a gym right now somewhere, and I feel like he’s getting by. »
Finally, on a personal level, the pivot of the Heat warned his trainees that he had only one objective: to become the best defender in the NBA. ” I should have won it the last two seasons, and I will win it this year! »