On October 1, Adebayor participated in the first finals of his career. Unfortunately, he sprained his neck in this game, so the next two games can only watch the game on the bench to cheer for his teammates.
Watching the team lag behind their opponents in the finals, but he can only watch from the sidelines. Obviously, this feeling will not make Adebayor feel good.
In the finals of G4 on October 7, Adebayor finally got the permission of the team doctor to return to the game. Although the Heat failed to win another victory from the Lakers, Adebayor who returned to fight the fire performed well. It's not bad. In 33 minutes of the game, Adebayor made 6 of 8 shots and contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds.
For a young player who has no experience in the finals and is injured, it is difficult for you to pick a bone in the egg.
And, who would have thought that a little boy who lived in a trailer 20 years ago could now stand on the highest stage in the basketball world and sweat?
Adebayor was born in Newark, New Jersey, which is an industrial city. And little Adebayor was forced to leave this place he considered his hometown because they were too poor and the environment here was too bad.
Adebayor’s mother said, “We have no relatives there. I don’t want my son to stand on the windowsill every day to watch shootings or other bad things in the street.”
"I decided to take him away and go to a place where he can play freely outside."
For the lower class in the United States, how to keep children away from crime is a very serious and difficult thing, because the pressure of survival forces them to go to the streets and get along with the bad guys. Not to mention that Adebayor grew up in a single-parent family. His mother can only raise the children alone. It is conceivable that Adebayor will be on the right track.
Although Adebayor was reluctant to leave his hometown at first, he soon understood his mother's good intentions.
"I will never forget that place. When I left, it was really mixed. I remember that I didn't want to leave at all. When I was young, I regarded it as my hometown."
"My mother once explained to me that I will be able to accept her approach soon. This is what I am today, allowing me to choose friends around me freely and keeping me away from bad guys."
"If New Jersey was not that bad at the time, I might never have moved to North Carolina, nor would I be who I am today."
Destiny is sometimes so dramatic. If Adebayor stays in New Jersey, will he become the star of basketball playing the finals today?
we do not know.
But what we know is that this move changed Adebayor's life trajectory. Adebayor said that he didn't play basketball at first, but he started his basketball career in North Carolina.
When you come to a strange place, you always feel lonely. Because there are no friends or relatives here, this is especially true for Adebayor who is a single-parent family. His mother needs to make ends meet and undertake the heavy work, which prevents her from staying around Adebayor.
"When I came home from work, bam (Adebayor's nickname) was already asleep. When he came home, I was sleeping."
"I can only get up early in the morning to make breakfast for him, and then go to work immediately."
According to Adebayor’s mother, she wakes up at 5:45 every day to make breakfast for her son, and then walks to work to save money. She finds a job as a cashier nearby, and she can earn $12,000 a year.
Because of lack of company, Adebayor can only go to the streets to play with his peers.
"I leave get out of class at three, but my mother won't be able to leave work until late."
Fortunately, the streets here are not as dangerous as his hometown.
However, Adebayor also has a new level to overcome.
"When I was a kid, I was very shy, and I was bigger than the average person. When you are tall and shy, then it is difficult for you to communicate with others."
Adebayor has no choice. If he continues to be taciturn, then he can only stay alone.
"I can only gradually step out of my comfort zone and talk to other people."
Because of this, basketball has become a part of his life. Basketball keeps him away from street crime and idleness. In his free time after school, the basketball court is where Adebayor spends his energy, and these energy will later become the nutrients that nourish Adebayor's growth.
Like most NBA players, Adebayor also has a story about being discovered by Bole. And this Bole's name is Kevin Graves, and he will become Adebayor's AAU (American Amateur League) coach in the future.
Adebayor said, "I came from a place where no big man was ever produced." Therefore, the tall Adebayor can easily cause other people's ideas. Kevin Graves is one of them.
"I walked into the hotel and saw a big man. I thought it was an adult, but I knew it clearly when I heard him. This big man was originally a child." Graves recalled the first time he met Adelaide. The situation in Bayeux.
"At that time, I gave him a lot of skill-based training, he was really rough, but I can guide him how to run, how to run and jump, he will become very unique."
Although Adebayor is now an all-around center averaging 15+10+5 per game, he is even one of the best all-around centers in the league. But in the past, he also had a period when he was considered "Brother Rough".
尽管阿德巴约尔现在是场均15 + 10 + 5的全能中锋，但他甚至是联盟中最好的全能中锋之一。但是在过去，他也曾有一段时间被认为是“粗糙的兄弟”。
"At the beginning, when Graves taught me how to play, I really messed up things, but he encouraged me to keep trying, so I will use it in the game when I usually play and try to figure out how I should play because When I go to his house next time and see that I have learned it, it will teach me the next technique."
Adebayor is not as naturally talented as Jokic, but Adebayor is now a rising star who can challenge Jokic, which is inseparable from acquired hard training.
University teammate Darren Fox, who used to play with Adebayor, teased Adebayor like this, "He really wants to be a defender."
"Adebayor has participated in every guard training class, more than me."
Although the University of Kentucky coach Calipari did not see Adebayor’s passing talent, he only allowed him to grow towards the path of a blue-collar center, so that Pat Riley later said, "Calipari did not develop Adebayor's potential, he didn't let Adebayor take care of more things," and Riley also missed the 14th overall pick.
But Calipari did not ignore Adebayor’s efforts. Once he called up his team members and asked who was the one who worked hardest. Everyone pointed to Adebayor, and then Calipari said, "You are all correct".
On Adebayor's self-discipline, Riley and Calipari reached a consensus.
"Bam is a self-driven person, he will consciously devote himself to work."
"He will do anything, whether he is asked to do so or not, and will do it well. I think this is the reason why he can grow quickly."
As everyone knows, Jimmy Butler is a demanding person, not only has high standards for himself, but also has almost abnormal requirements for people around him. Butler is unsatisfied with the talented center Downs, who has the nation's first talent. The latter once expressed his dissatisfaction, "Who is the most talented person on the team, not me, it is Towns. But who is the team? The person who plays the hardest is me."
But in the Heat, Butler put away his "big mouth". Because Adebayor is conscious and motivated enough, he doesn't need Butler's spur, and there is no feeling of "hating iron but not steel".
Even Adebayor conquered this difficult teammate.
When the Heat won their first victory in the Eastern Conference Finals, Butler praised Adebayor for his diligence and compared the young center to the heart of the Heat.
"You asked him to cope, and he did it. You let him score and he did it. Give Tatum a key cap, and he did it."
"He is an important part of our victory, I have emphasized it many times."
"This is why Adebayor is our heart."
Adebayor’s growth tells fans an inspirational story of “from the trailer boy to the main player in the finals”. In fact, the league does not lack such inspirational stories, because most black players have entered the NBA step by step from poor streets, but many of them have entered the NBA, due to lack of good education and correct values, reputation and wealth have come. Quick, go quickly.
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I think Adebayor will not be the next meteor to fall quickly. Because even though poor, Adebayor's mother did not neglect the education of Adebayor.
"Although they live in a trailer, they will never have power outages due to arrears of electricity bills, and they will never stop water. Bam can still watch the game in it. You may have a big house, but it is not necessarily better than them. Mothers have created a humble environment for their children to grow up, and everything is earned by them themselves." Graves said.
"Adebayor doesn't like jewelry and mansions, because his mother doesn't like them either."
When a player has talent and a diligent attitude, he also knows how to remain humble. How can he not succeed?
"I think the most impressive thing about Adebayor is that he is sincere enough," Riley said.
"It's not just to his teammates, he respects everyone, and you can see this from his mother."
"For me, having a player who is not arrogant at all is really impressive. At least I have never seen him like this."
"When he plays, he will remain competitive. This is Adebayor."
"He is like Mourning, Haslem, and Wade. They are all people who really carry the team. So is bam. He is a real strong."