Bam Adebayo’s Christmas sweater is a nod to Will Smith’s famous slap of Chris Rock during the Academy Awards. The sweaters worn at the event are outrageous, earning them the nickname “ugly.” However, they have become rather trendy, and wearing one has become a tradition throughout the years.
And Adebayo had one from an event that became the year’s most viral meme. The Miami Heat center wore a black sweater with a cartoon of Smith donning a Santa hat and slapping Rock on it. It even had a funny caption.
“Keep Santa’s name out your fu**ing mouth”
Adebayo may have been speaking to the media seriously in the photo, but the man has a nice sense of humor, as seen by the shirt he’s wearing.
The Heat have struggled this season after finishing the regular season as the top team in the East with a 53-29 record the previous year. They are now ninth in the league with a 16-17 record and have been inconsistent at best.
Expert research and fan buzz indicate that Miami has to upgrade its roster in order to even make the playoffs. Despite being out of the top five in the rankings, the squad appears to have no intention of tanking, and they have also made their plans clear by making Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo will not be traded.
According to Ric Bucher of Fox Sports:
The Heat and Bulls are in a similar predicament, laden with expensive rosters and high expectations, and currently on course to miss the postseason. But with stars that league sources say they’ve deemed untouchable — Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo for the Heat, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan for the Bulls.
Adebayo has been a critical part of the Heat, averaging 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. He also feels that when their “Big Four” are healthy, the squad is unbeatable. And it looks like the franchise feels the same way.