Heat’s Bam Adebayo gives the gift of housing security to Miami family for Christmas

Khobi Price, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Courtesy of Bam Adebayo, Christmas came early this year for a Miami-based family.

Known for his generosity in local communities for his annual Back-to-School and Thanksgiving food drives through his BBB (Bam, Books and Brotherhood) Foundation, Adebayo decided to give a South Florida family the gift of housing security during the holiday season.

As first reported by Complex, the 23-year-old Heat big man recently showed up at the Miami house of Travillia Bogan, a single mother with two sets of twins who was on the verge of being evicted, and gifted her with a year’s worth of rent.

The Complex report added that Adebayo watched Bogan and her family receive the gift from a distance due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols.

The BBB Foundation’s mission is, “to change lives for single mothers while changing the future chances, choices and challenges for children.”

Adebayo said music manager Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley played a significant role in assisting Bogan. Jabaley is on his Dream Machine Tour, a 16-city tour spanning from July through February with the goal of giving back to people in need.

“It started because I do my toy drive,” Adebayo explained when asked how he found out about Bogan’s situation. “Charlie Rocket got in touch with one of our people from my foundation and was like ‘look, I want to do something special. I’ve been seeing you do a lot of special things in Miami.’ We got together and we picked her. That was really Charlie’s decision.

“At the end of the day, I wanted to do something special for somebody. Whatever that was, I was willing to do that for her. Seeing her story and what she was going through, it was the perfect time to make her Christmas so beautiful and blessed.”

It’s the second time he has given someone the gift of housing recently, with Adebayo surprising his mother with a new home for her birthday earlier in the month.

The gift to his mom, Marylyn Blount, came just a couple of weeks after he signed a five-year, $163 million contract extension with performance incentives that could make the deal worth $195 million. The extension kicks in at the start of the 2021-22 season.

Adebayo often credits his mom and upbringing for his charitable actions.

“It’s one of those things where I’m grateful to be able to do it,” he said. “I’m grateful to be in the position where I can change somebody’s life. [Bogan’s] not getting evicted for Christmas. Or a whole year. And we’re doing upkeep on their house. It’s a very good Christmas gift for them.”

Bam-Duncan partnership

As for his on-court work, Adebayo continues to add wrinkles in his two-man game with Duncan Robinson.

In a sequence during the first half of the Heat’s preseason win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Adebayo brought the ball up the floor and passed it to Robinson on the right-wing. Robinson immediately handed the ball back off to Adebayo, who was driving to the rim. Three Raptors defenders helped towards Adebayo, which left KZ Okpala open in the left-corner to catch an Adebayo pass and make a 3-pointer.

Typically, Adebayo is the one handing the ball over to a sprinting Robinson trying to create an opening for a 3-pointer. But they found their roles were reversed this time around.

“Teams do different things on any given night, but we certainly have counters to their counter and that’s just kind of how the game goes,” Robinson said. “It’s like playing chess a little bit.”

Which would make Adebayo one of the more versatile pieces on the chessboard.

“It’s the ultimate luxury, just how dynamic he is and the things he can do offensively,” Robinson said. “I think people view versatility offensively maybe as just being able to shoot and being physical and other things. His versatility is so much more than that.”

Injury update

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said everyone practiced on Sunday, including Avery Bradley (right hamstring strain) and Kendrick Nunn (right groin strain), both of whom missed Friday’s game against the Raptors.

At this point, all 15 Heat players on standard contracts are expected to be available for their regular-season opener against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Wednesday.