Adebayo wins NBA All-Star’s skills challenge

Published 5:13 pm Monday, February 17, 2020

Over the last few days, former Northside basketball star Bam Adebayo competed at the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Illinois. Adebayo didn’t disappoint, and he even walked away with some hardware following the skills challenge on Saturday night.

The skills challenge was among three competitions held Saturday, along with the 3-point shootout and the dunk contest.

Participants of the skills challenge had to go through an obstacle course that tests players’ dribbling, passing and 3-point shooting ability. The players faced off in a bracket-style tournament format.

Adebayo, one of only a few big men in the challenge, was matched up with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie in the first round. After successfully slaloming past the cones, chest passing the ball through a tire and sinking his 3-pointer, he downed Dinwiddie to advance.

In the second round, he faced fellow forward Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, making quick work of his All-Star Game teammate to advance to the finals against Domantas Sabonis.

It came down to the 3-point shot, in which both Sabonis and Adebayo missed their first two, but Adebayo’s third shot ripped through the nylon to receive the Golden Basketball award.

When Adebayo received the award, he was asked where he was going to display his trophy.
“I got me a trophy, man. This is going to a special one — I’m going to give it to my mom,” Adebayo said.

Shortly after the conclusion of the skills challenge, Adebayo watched his Heat teammates Duncan Robinson compete in the 3-point shootout and Derrick Jones Jr. in the dunk contest.

After a controversial ending, Jones Jr. took home the dunk contest title over Orlando’s Aaron Gordan. This marked the first time in the organization’s history that the Heat won two of the three skills challenges in the same night.

Adebayo went on to play in the All-Star Game Sunday night for Team Giannis and finished with eight points, shooting 4-of-5 (80%) from the field, with two rebounds and an assist. Team Giannis fell short to Team Lebron for a third-consecutive year with a 157-155 final score.

Adebayo and the Heat will have a few days off following the All-Star break and will return to the floor in Atlanta on Thursday night against the Hawks.