HoopsHype Steven Adams rumors

August 19, 2014 Updates

Darnell Mayberry: A lot of the younger players have been (in Oklahoma City) for most of the summer. They get away for stretches throughout the summer but return to work with the coaching staff. Guys like Mitch McGary, Steven Adams, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones have spent the majority of their time here. What they're working on is anyone's guess. Oklahoman

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"I've tried not to grow up too fast. There are going to be some times I'm like, you know, immature. But you try to keep that professional approach, and try to do the right thing which is what all athletes do to make sure they reflect well on whatever, like from their town. "For me once I go out there to America I'm pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven't met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I'm like a dick, then they're like New Zealand guys are dicks. If you've just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they're fine with it. That's one of the key things." Stuff.co.nz

"It's just who I am," shrugs Adams who's sitting out the Tall Blacks' World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind." Stuff.co.nz

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Per 48 minutes, Adams is averaging 3.85 blocks this postseason, more than Jordan (3.58), Ibaka (3.42), Hibbert (2.44) or anyone else that’s played substantial time. Adams had five in one game in the Memphis series. He had seven against the Clippers. He had four in 28 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday night, victimizing Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. “It's something I just kind of picked up now,” Adams said. “I'm big, so that helps with the tall guys, but in terms of timing, yeah, it's gotten a lot better. … I picked it up off Serge.” Oklahoman

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Allen, still seething over what he thought was a series-altering altercation and proceeding suspension, was asked how much he hated Adams -- a hard-nosed rookie who has already become known as an agitator -- on a scale of 1-10 "Oh, man. I’m almost over that, man," Allen told the station. "I’m like 50, I’m like 50 right now. Because that’s one of his tactics. You don’t have to just play. That’s a measly guy. You don’t have the shine to do that, you guys up throwing cheap shots, things of that nature." Oklahoman

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There is an unvarnished naïveté about Adams’s muscular style, which may explain why Adams himself has not been ejected from a game. “He acts like he grew up on the farm chasing hogs,” Thunder center Kendrick Perkins said. Caron Butler, another teammate, referred to Adams as Tarzan. “When you play hard, a lot of guys don’t want you to play hard,” Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks said. “This is a competition, so you have to be ready to play against Steven Adams because he’s going to give you everything he has.” New York Times

At 13, he had two life-changing events. His father, who was in his 70s and whom Adams lived with on a farm in Rotorua, died. He acted out, skipping school, which he never saw as a means to an end, until his brother Warren, who lived in Wellington, took him in. It was then that he committed to basketball. “I just played it by ear,” said Adams, 20. “I played basketball seriously at 13, but I didn’t know where it would take me. I thought I’d be a rugby player. It turns out I’m not.New York Times

Adams can get under the skin of opponents, but he seems to have found the good graces of his teammates. He has two clear endearing qualities: a quirky sense of humor and an absence of pretension. He once auditioned for a theater production of “The Hobbit” in Wellington. “Sometimes you’re mad, and when you see him you start to smile because he cannot stop making people smile,” said Serge Ibaka, whose disposition is not always so sunny. New York Times

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Is it really as bad as it seems? "Yes," Ford said via email. "Really, only Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams are proving to be valuable starters at the moment. A few others like Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Steven Adams have been solid. Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he might be a big star down the road. But all of those players except Oladipo weren't even in the conversation for the No. 1 pick." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 19, 2013 Updates

I watched Perry Jones III hand his gift card to the family he was with, pull out his own wallet and say, “I got it.” (Sidebar: Steven Adams was definitely the best player to tag along with. His kid wanted a certain Lego that came in a specific color. So Adams turned around and asked the Target employee with them if they had it. When she said no, Adams didn’t hesitate. “Oh, well I bet Walmart does.” Then he proceeded to try and haggle with her on the $39.95 price.) DailyThunder.com

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