New Zealand Rumors
On the most recent episode of “The Sidelines Podcast,” FS1 college hoops insider Evan Daniels welcomed Jamie Dixon, Adams’ former coach at Pitt, to the show, and one of the main talking points was Adams. Born in New Zealand and the youngest of 18 siblings, Adams definitely has an interesting background. And it was thanks to Dixon’s connections to Adams’ family that he was first discovered (the full audio is above): “I knew his brothers, played against his brothers, played with his brothers, down there believe it or not. He had some brothers who were substantially older than him, and that’s how I knew about him. And his coach was also a guy I played with, so yeah, it was all about the relationship, knowing him and knowing his brothers.
Did Dixon know right away he had a future NBA player on his hands? “We knew how good he was. Other people didn’t know because he obviously didn’t play much in America. Big kids take a little bit longer. He’s in the perfect place [now in Oklahoma City]. It’s funny, it’s such a small world. He ends up getting drafted by Sam Presti, who is a really good friend, and his coach is Scott Brooks, who was a roommate of mine at TCU my freshman year. So it all goes round and round. “Everybody was kind of shocked he went that early in the draft. But I knew exactly where he was going, what team, because we had a number of conversations.”
Steven Adams’ summer adventure continues. John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, posted photos to his Facebook page of his visit with Adams and numerous Thunder players and staff. Adams, Nick Collison, Andre Roberson, Thunder general manager Sam Presti and others visited Key’s offices in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday.
On Tuesday, Steven Adams brought Thunder teammates, coaches and staff to the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, New Zealand, to support a charity in his native country. Then, he put them to work. Adams, Nick Collison and Andre Roberson represented the Thunder at the Steven Adams Camps in Auckland this week. The trio was flooded by campers wearing T-shirts with a clever design on the front: the lines of a basketball with Adams’ trademark mustache across the middle. Each shirt also had Adams’ No. 12 on the back.