On the heels of the Miami Heat sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, John Calipari is singing the praises of young Heat stars and former Kentucky Wildcats, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo.
Coach Cal posted this on Instagram following the Heat’s Game 4 clinch last night:
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When I watched the @miamiheat win the series tonight with two of our guys performing at a high level, it made me smile. Both @nolimitherro and @bam1of1 were gym rats. They were first to arrive and the last to leave. There were many late-night workouts. Neither were the most highly ranked players in their class, yet they came here without fear. They believed us when we said this program isn’t for everybody. They took what they wanted and within a year the foundation was set for them to grow exponentially in that next league, and they both have. I feel as good as I ever have about the way we do things here to prepare young men for the next step. #BuiltDifferent
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that, in their respective time at Kentucky, both Herro and Bam were absolute work-horses in the gym. Herro came in as a four-star player that many people saw being a two-to-three-year player for Kentucky, while Bam is currently living up to what his projected potential was in highs school when he was the ranked anywhere from the No. 3 to No. 6 player in the country in 2015.
With those two plus a veteran All-Star in Jimmy Butler leading the charge in Miami, the future is bright in South Beach. They’ll now look to upset the top-seed Milwaukee Bucks, who are currently up 3-1 in their series with the Orlando Magic. Assuming the Bucks eventually wrap that series up, we should see the Heat and Bucks begin their semifinal round series this weekend or early next week.