New Zealand Rumors
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”.
Vickerman said when Webster signed his new deal with the Breakers he was asked to keep the club in the loop on any interest from the NBA, and so far there had been nothing concrete to report. “He called me the other day and said he’d seen something on the net about him going for NBA tryouts. He said he had no information on that and that there was nothing solid lined up.”