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April 3, 2015 Updates

Josh Pace '05, a key member of Syracuse's 2003 NCAA Championship squad, has decided to retire from professional basketball at the conclusion of the current American Basketball Association (ABA) season. A 6-5 guard-forward, Pace has played professionally all around the world since earning his undergraduate degree from Syracuse in 2005. Pace was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft but did earn an invitation to play in the NBA Summer League for the Utah Jazz. He did not earn an NBA contract but it 2006 signed with the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL). He averaged 19.1 points and 6.6 rebounds and was named an NBL All-Star. The following season, Pace was named the league's MVP after helping the Giants to the NBL championship. Syracuse University Athletics

September 29, 2014 Updates

Is Andre Iguodala on your list for this season, for what happened this summer? (Iguodala poked fun at New Zealand traditional pregame dance - the haka - during the FIBA World Cup, Adams seemingly took offense on Twitter, saying "@andre, show some respect for my culture.") Steven Adams: Oh, he’s alright. He's all good. I just read (Iguodala's comments) in the morning and it kinda got to me. It wasn't like anything bad or anything. It was just misinformed, I guess. I knew he meant it not to downplay New Zealand. I just thought differently about it. Hopefully he come down to New Zealand. He’s still a good dude. Oklahoman

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Andre Iguodala: New Zealand thought they dance was gone intimidate us.... That ain't nothing but the A town stump! #GoUSA #FIBAWorldCup2014 / Steven Adams: @Andre Iguodala show some respect for my culture. Twitter @RealStevenAdams

July 29, 2014 Updates

"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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October 29, 2013 Updates

From the earliest days of the fabled Zarko Paspalj era in the late 1980s, the Spurs have been at the forefront of international scouting. No surprise, then, that they once again have the most players born outside the continental United States, breaking their own NBA record with 10: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France, by way of Belgium), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia), Cory Joseph (Canada), Aron Baynes (Australia, by way of New Zealand). San Antonio Express-News

August 13, 2013 Updates

Adams will also make an announcement on his international availability for the Tall Blacks and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that the news should be positive. In June Adams became the first Kiwi to be picked in the first round of the NBA draft when the Thunder selected him at No 12. He is unavailable for the Tall Blacks' series against Australia but is taking a short break from training in Oklahoma to make a string of appearances in New Zealand. Stuff.co.nz

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