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Pat Riley’s vision for Bam Adebayo drives Heat playoff hopes

Pat Riley’s vision for Bam Adebayo drives Heat playoff hopes

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MIAMI, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Miami Heat president Pat Riley's vision to transform 6-foot-9 center Bam Adebayo into a smooth playmaker has come to fruition. Now, the Heat's excavation of Adebayo's potential has the team in position for a playoff run. "Pat [Riley] told me they were going to put the ball in his hands and they wanted him to be 50% [better] than what he was at Kentucky," said John Calipari, who coached Adebayo at Kentucky before he was drafted by the Heat. Advertisement "I've seen him do things now that I only saw in spurts when he was in high school and here." Adebayo's unique versatility, which creates space on the floor on the offensive end, has been integral to the Heat's success. Adebayo still uses his 255-pound frame as a dominant interior player, but defenders must respect hi...