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Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo discusses racial divide from heart of racial divide


The constant during this most uneven of Miami Heat seasons has been center Bam Adebayo making sure to end each interview with, “Black lives matter, people.”


On Friday, the Heat were in Minneapolis for a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, not far from where Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot to death on Sunday by a white police officer who says she meant to use her taser, and not far from where white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was standing trial for last year’s death of 46-year-old Black man George Floyd.


With that setting, Adebayo addressed racial divide from a location where the hurt is running profoundly deep.


Although the Heat bypassed a game-day shootaround before the final game of their grueling four-game trip, Adebayo took the time to discuss the times, just as he did last summer when the Heat made their run to the NBA Finals while wearing uniforms and playing on a court with slogans that addressed the nation’s racial divide.


“The white man will never understand what it feels like walking down the street and the police car rides past and you have that cold sweat, or that what-if in your mind.


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