New Zealand Rumors
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.
Steven Adams on if he’ll ever play for New Zealand’s national team: “Definitely. My main concern now is obviously solidifying my place in the NBA. I keep focusing on the grassroots (basketball in New Zealand) because I want the next guys to be good. Right now all I’m doing for camps and academies and stuff, I’m just finding the next NBA player.”
During the Thunder’s latest playoff run, Steven Adams became a worldwide star. His older sister, Valerie, was already one. Valerie entered the Rio Olympics as a two-time gold medalist in the women’s shot put. She took home silver last week for New Zealand. In an interview with Sky Sport New Zealand, Steven said he’s happy to take a backseat to big sis. “I didn’t really appreciate it as much as I do now,” Steven said. “Witnessing her in that environment just blew me away.
Graham Hoete, also known as Mr G, is a famed New Zealand graphic artist. He’s based in Sydney, Australia but crafts his work all over the world. This week, he set off for the United States to spray-paint a tribute piece in Minneapolis for Prince. He also plans to produce one of Muhammad Ali in Louisville. But before then, he had a personal project he wanted to get done. So on Monday, he made a stop in Oklahoma City to spray-paint a huge mural of fellow New Zealander Steven Adams just down the street from Chesapeake Energy Arena. The mural was still in progress as of late Monday and Hoete said he doesn’t expect to complete it until Tuesday afternoon.