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Miami’s Bam Adebayo to go up against Kobayashi in cheeseburger-eating contest

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No team around the NBA is better known for its strict training regimens more than the Miami Heat — players who head to South Florida get the best shape of their lives. Exercise and eating right are the pillars of that plan.

Something not on the Heat training table? Cheeseburgers. Especially multiple cheeseburgers. Right before training camp opens.

But Bam Adebayo is making an exception, in the name of charity.

Adebayo and other celebrities will go up against Kobayashi — one of the legends of competitive eating — in a charity event, as reported by Ira Winderman at the Sun-Sentinel.

Wednesday’s event, which begins at 11 a.m. and is being promoted by BurgerFi and Feeding South Florida, comes as part of Hunger Action Month. In addition to Adebayo and Guinness world-record holder Takeru Kobayashi, the event will feature former Miami Hurricanes great and NFL star Russell Maryland.

To make it fair, Adebayo and the other celebrities will have six cheeseburgers in front of them, Kobayashi will need to go through 18 at the same time.

My money is still on Kobayashi.

Adebayo heads into this season with a lot on his shoulders — with Hassan Whiteside gone, Adebayo becomes the starting center for the Heat. This is a team with Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic, one expecting to surprise some teams in the East. Adebayo is going to have to step up.

And work off those burgers.

Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley dance in Aladdin-themed costumes (video)

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Just a few years ago, Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley had a major rift in their relationship.

Now, they’re…

Well, just see for yourself.

Wade:

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Gabrielle Union:

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Maybe this is why Udonis Haslem keeps playing. If this is what happens to #HeatLifers in retirement, he might not want to join the party.

Nikola Vucevic donates to Magic fan’s cancer GoFundMe

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The NBA is one of the most accessible leagues in American sports, with players very active on social media and interactive with their fans.

Social media is also a great way to get people involved in charitable functions, including things like GoFundMe campaigns for medical expenses. One Orlando Magic fan saw those two functions of Twitter get put together this week when Magic big man Nikola Vucevic donated to a campaign close to his heart.

Phil Harlow posted a GoFundMe campaign on Twitter this week for his girlfriend’s father, who is currently dealing with cancer. The campaign was spread throughout the Orlando Magic community on Twitter, and that apparently reached Vucevic.

On Thursday, it was reported that the Magic center had donated £2,500 to the campaign.

This is a pretty incredible gesture by Vucevic, who is reaching out across the Atlantic to help out someone in need. Athletes have people coming at them all the time with requests, and for Vucevic to decide to contribute to someone he doesn’t have an intimate connection with is pretty incredible.

Vucevic donation is the second of this kind of thing that’s come in as many weeks. Oddly enough, last week I posted my cousin’s GoFundMe campaign for her medical expenses following a critical car accident. Former Portland Trail Blazers and current Miami Heat big man Meyers Leonard saw that campaign and decided to donate $1,000 out of his pocket.

The fact that NBA players are willing to be directly generous in this way is a testament to the closeness the league has done well to foster between the players, organizations, and fans.

Report: Stan Van Gundy to join TNT’s broadcast team

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People are pretty happy that TNT’s “Players Only” broadcast has been scrapped for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season. It was a curious marketing tactic, one that employed several former players that didn’t appear to have the broadcasting chops necessary to move a national TV broadcast along.

Now TNT is heading in another direction, and that includes the recent reported hiring of ESPN’s Stan Van Gundy.

The former Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons coach has been part of ESPN’s broadcast team since September of 2018. Now Van Gundy is on the move, and will presumably be a bigger part of the talent pool at TNT.

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Van Gundy’s addition could have long-term implications for Turner’s top games. For its marquee event, the conference finals, Turner typically goes with a three-man booth.

In the recent past, it has been Chris Webber and Reggie Miller joining Marv Albert. It is easy to imagine that Turner may want a coach and a player combo in the future.

This is great news for folks who want more coaching-centric views in the broadcast booth. Ex-players, unfortunately, seem to skew toward the anecdotal rather than the evidential. Coaches aren’t exactly batting 1.000 as announcers, but Van Gundy should be an upgrade from Players Only.

Plus, with brother Jeff Van Gundy on the call for ESPN, now we can have dueling back-and-forth nights of Van Gundy vs. Van Gundy.

After suffering bruised knee, Kelly Olynyk reportedly withdraws from Canadian World Cup team

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Last Wednesday night, Miami Heat big man Kelly Olynyk limped back to the locker room after a nasty looking fall during the third quarter of a Canadian World Cup team exhibition game against Nigeria. There was no contact, just a wet spot on the floor, but the fall looked painful.

Olynyk suffered a bruised knee from the spill, not something considered serious. X-rays came back negative, according to the team.

However, it is serious enough for Olynyk to withdraw from Canada’s national team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Olynyk is a floor-spacing big who shot 35.7 percent from three last season and has shown some chemistry next to likely starting Miami center Bam Adebayo. Olynyk, who averaged 10 points a game last season, could start at the four for Miami when the season tips off in October (with Adebayo and Jimmy Butler on the court together, a shooter who can space the floor at the power forward spot likely is the priority).

Olynyk has two years left on his contract, $12.7 million this season and a player option for $13.2 million next season. Olynyk has been mentioned in a lot of trade rumblings, if Miami makes a move to get another star next to Butler.