Tall Blacks not giving up on Steven Adams yet

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:05 22/05/2014

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Basketball New Zealand have not given up on gaining Steven Adams' services for the August-September World Cup in Spain.

The Oklahoma City rookie told said he was unlikely to pull on a Tall Blacks singlet this year, and instead would probably work on his game with the Thunder in the NBA off-season.

But BBNZ are not giving up without a fight.

BBNZ chief executive Iain Potter said he had emailed Adams' agent, Darren Matsubara, requesting a meeting next month.

The proposal is for Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic to fly to the United States to meet with Adams and Thunder management.

"Hopefully they agree it's a useful idea," Potter said.

"I believe that the possibility of Steve being available needs to be a discussion around options rather than a simple yes or no. I hope it can be worked in."

Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka have all been allowed to play international basketball for the United States and Spain.

Adams and the Thunder play in game two of the Western Conference finals against the Spurs in San Antonio today.

The Spurs won the series opener 122-105 on Tuesday.

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