New Zealand Rumors
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.
Basketball New Zealand and the Tall Blacks have been informed that Steven Adams will be unavailable to play for the Tall Blacks this year as they prepare for and play in a FIBA Rio Olympic Games qualifying tournament in July. Adams has reluctantly made the call that he will not be available due to the congested and unpredictable nature of the NBA post-season, but has indicated this as early as he can to best allow Head Coach Paul Henare to select and prepare the team knowing he will unfortunately not be a part of it.
“I will not be participating in the Olympic competitions with the Tall Blacks this summer,” said Adams. “This was a very difficult decision as I take tremendous pride in being a New Zealander. The Tall Blacks organisation has been extremely supportive and we felt it was best to make an announcement now as preparations have already begun for the qualifying tournament and the Games.”
“Steve and his support team have made it clear that they want to keep in touch about the possibility of future participation. Steve has not ruled anything out in that regard, so perhaps we’ll see him in a black singlet one day. The door is always open and Steve is aware of that. We look forward to continued positive and open dialogue with Steve and his team, something we have enjoyed these past 18 months.
The New Zealand Breakers aren’t making contingency plans for a Corey Webster dash to the NBA because as of right now there’s no need to. Breakers coach Dean Vickerman has labelled reports their star Tall Blacks shooting guard is on the verge of heading for an NBA tryout a “beatup”.