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Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
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.”
With the Timberwolves coming to town on Friday night, Steven Adams was asked about the unenvious task of battling Minnesota big man Nikola Pekovic. Adams started talking about Pekovic’s brute strength and constant physicality. But the conversation soon turned to smack-talking. Pekovic doesn’t go back-and-forth much. Like Adams, he’s physical but generally quiet on the court. “Nah, he doesn’t chirp,” Adams said. “But if you piss him off, he will give you a ’’bow.”
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.”
Any word on Steven Adams? Rehab, from what I’ve heard, is going well. But he’s still at least a couple weeks away. Russell Westbrook had this same injury earlier this season and missed a month. Adams fractured his hand on February 8th and had surgery on the 9th. The Thunder has 10 more games between now and March 9th. I’d expect him back somewhere around there.
Nurkic had planned to go back to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the break. Now he’s headed to New York after playing a very solid pre-all-star-break portion of the season for the Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets rookie center Jusuf Nurkic will replace injured World Team selection Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Paul Garcia: Per NBA: Nuggets’ Nurkic to Replace Thunder’s Adams in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Ken Berger: Steven Adams has undergone surgery on broken bone in right hand, Thunder announce. He’l be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Darnell Mayberry: Thunder center Steven Adams has undergone surgery for a fractured right hand. He is expected to miss at least three weeks.
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.”
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.”
Bill Oram: Still no word from NBA if Nick Young will be suspended for today’s game in Sac after elbowing Steven Adams in the throat. Tipoff in 4 hours
Anthony Slater: Asked Steven Adams if he’s getting used to situations like the Nick Young one tonight. Adams: “It’s one of the easier ones”
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.”
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.”
Ryan Ward: Scott on Young’s flagrant: “I just looked at [the replay] again. That’s how Adams is. He’s gonna grab & hold & do things to irritate you.”
Anthony Slater: Steven Adams was icing the upper left side of his left calf/knee area postgame. Minor limp, but not expected to be serious.
What kinds of conversations happen in the paint? Who is the best trash-talker? Steven Adams: Kevin Garnett is good. It’s not really trash. When I think of trash talk, it’s a bunch of swear words. KG isn’t like that, it’s just more directed at all your weaknesses and kind of just makes you depressed, so it’s really good.
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.
You were one of 18 siblings. What was it like growing up in a family with so many brothers and sisters? Steven Adams: I felt normal about it. It was cool. I was the youngest but I didn’t get spoiled really or anything at that age. They just always picked on me, I had to do everything. All their chores and get bullied.