HoopsHype Steven Adams rumors

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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

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We talked at summer league about you wanting to become a more polished offensive player. How’s that going, and do you feel like you’re better now than you were at summer league? Steven Adams: I mean, yeah, I’ve definitely seen improvements now from summer league. But there’s still a long way to go. I’m on the right track, though, I guess you could say that. But as I’ve said before, it’s still a part of what I’m learning. They’re still developing it. That’s one of the main focuses, but it’s still based around defense. Are you ready to get going now, or could you use a little more time for yourself? Steven Adams: I want it to come, but I want the time that I have now to really work on my game. I can’t wait until it comes but I just really need this time. Oklahoman

Had you ever been to Taiwan? Steven Adams: No. This is the first time. And I’ve been trying to get as cultured as possible. How’s that going? What’s the experience like over there? Steven Adams: Oh, it’s really cool. All the people are really nice. And the food is really good here. Really good. I love the food here. That’s one of the things they pride themselves on, good food. And I love eating. Peas and carrots. What’s the best meal you’ve had? Steven Adams: It’s this place called Din Tai Fung. That’s this really well known dumpling place, and they have, honestly, the best food out. It’s so tasty. So, so good. Straight up. You haven’t lived life if you haven’t had it. I’m dead serious. Oklahoman

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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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