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Steven Adams
Steven Adams
Position: C
Born: 07/20/93
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $2,279,040
But on Friday night, arguably the best smack-talker in the history of the game is strolling into Oklahoma City alongside Pekovic. The aged but always energized Kevin Garnett has returned to the Timberwolves. “KG and (Kendrick Perkins), those two are ridiculous,” Adams said of the legendary smack-talkers. “They make you question, like, why you are playing basketball and stuff. You’re like ‘Why am I doing this?’ It’s really weird, you get depressed.”
Diez is no stranger to the U.S. and NBA players. “Last summer, I didn’t do any workout but I was in Los Angeles for 10 days and practiced a lot with current NBA players like Steven Adams, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kelly Olynyk,” Diez recalls. “It was a great experience: lots of shooting drills, one-on-one plays… It gave me a lot of confidence for this season. This is my draft year and I’m proud that NBA teams are interested in me. I hope I can show my skills at the workouts.”
Adams is on a hot streak of late — averaging 9.1 points and 9.9 rebounds on 68 percent shooting the past nine games. He’s playing so well that Brooks has routinely called for clearout post-ups for Adams over the past week. And teamed up with Westbrook, he’s formed a nightmare pick-and-roll combo — becoming the rare (only?) Thunder center that been able to consistently catch a Westbrook bullet and quickly finish. “(Bryant) throws the ball as hard as he can at me and I have to try and catch the ball,” Adams said of a drill he’s been working on. “Because Russell is going like a 100 miles an hour. You have to be ready at all times.”
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The clear and considerable defensive improvement is a result of time and needed experience, which the Thunder continues to give him. But it’s also a result of two trusty mentors — Perkins and assistant coach Mark Bryant. Before, during and after both practices and games, Perkins is constantly in Adams’ ear. He’s on him about the scouting reports. He’s teaching him the tricks of the game. “I always go to Perk,” Adams said. “Perk knows like everyone. He should write a book. It’s crazy. He knows all their tendencies and I just try to do what he does.”
The question in play first started when Adams set a hard screen on Young. Tired of Adam throwing what he called “little hits” that included sticking out his knee during screens, Young shoved his forearm into Adam’s throat before officials soon separated them. Lakers center Robert Sacre and forward Carlos Boozer soon intervened, too. “At the time, he had my arm caught up,” Young said. “That’s all I had with my right hand. You didn’t see all that. He knows all the tricks and trades. But if you look carefully, he had my whole left arm locked in for the whole play.”
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Young called Thunder forward Steven Adams a “sneaky, dirty player” that let to an on-court altercation and an eventual ejection in the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center. Young argued he “most definitely” did not deserve the ejection, an automatic ruling after being handed a flagrant foul type 2 with 11:24 remaining in the game. “I feel bad about getting ejected,” Young said. “But I play with the heart on my sleeves and it shows out there.”
“I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player,” Young said. “He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn’t think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house.” Said Scott: “Nick definitely overreacted, and he’s too valuable for us to overreact and get kicked out of a game like that.”
How did the injuries to KD and Russ affect the team and who’s stepped up? Steven Adams: Oh, man, everyone was devastated when we heard the news, but there are like four other players, too. Even our rookies, when Mitch McGary went down, everyone was down. So when all of our injured players went out, it wasn’t just one particular person who came up. It was kind of like our whole team. We understood as a team we had to collectively come together. We knew we weren’t going to be the same team without them, but we have to pick up their workload collectively and try to make up for it that way and distribute it amongst the team. That was our whole mindset.