Bam Adebayo Will Be Out 4-6 Weeks Due to Right Thumb Surgery

Photo: Instagram/Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat player Bam Adebayo has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. According to the team, he will be out for 4-6 weeks.

It is the first major injury Adebayo has suffered throughout his five pro seasons. This season, he is averaging 18.7 points per game and 10.2 rebounds.

The Heat center suffered an injury in a loss to Denver on Nov. 29. He underwent an examination to determine the extent of his injury, and he was found to have torn his ulnar collateral ligament. This summer, he won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Photo: Instagram/Bam Adebayo

After the game, he shrugged off the injury and said it was nothing serious. Adebayo will be absent for somewhere between 20 and 25 games based on the current schedule.

It's a big blow for Miami, which is already struggling with a depleted frontcourt because of Markieff Morris' neck injury. Despite not knowing when he will return, Morris has been out since he was injured in a scrap with Nikola Jokic in Denver last month.

On Miami's roster, Dewayne Dedmon is the only other big man who has played considerable minutes at center this season. Among the Heat's other options are Udonis Haslem, 41, and P.J. Tucker, 6'5" but capable of playing the spot.

During the Tokyo Olympics, Adebayo was one of three players who started all six games for the United States. He led the team in rebounds, averaging 5.7 per game, as well as 6.3 points on 57% shooting.

Source: NBA


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