Steven Adams returns home to Wellington

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 11:09 04/06/2014
ROBERT KITCHIN/Stuff.co.nz

NBA rookie Steven Adams arrives back home to Wellington after a season in the US.

BACK HOME: Young Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams arrives Wellington Airport with mentor Kenny McFadden this morning.
BACK HOME: Young Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams arrives at Wellington Airport with mentor Kenny McFadden.

Related Links

Steven Adams back home Adams: Why I had to say no to the Tall Blacks Basketball NZ in dark over Steven Adams NBA season over for rookie Steven Adams Sterling sued over alleged sexual harrasment

Relevant offers

Basketball

Super City Rangers player ejected from game before publicly lining up referees Southland Sharks edge the Super City Rangers in NBL tussle Andrew Bogut responds as Golden State Warriors topple Oklahoma City Thunder Recap: OKC Thunder v Golden State Warriors - NBA Western Conference finals game 5 Cricketer Anton Devcich rocks the Steven Adams moustache Steven Adams playing through pain barrier in OKC Thunder's post-season charge The Steven Adams effect: Andrew Bogut's future in doubt at Golden State Warriors Head to head: Who has done more to put NZ on the US sporting map - Scott Dixon or Steven Adams? Canterbury Rams claim NBL regular season title Steve Adams' fame hits Britain as US produces 'encyclopedia' to explain New Zealand's quirky NBA star

Hungry for pies and a NBA championship, Steven Adams has touched down in Wellington.

The 20-year-old is back in New Zealand for a brief holiday, but the pain of Oklahoma City's season-ending loss to San Antonio last Sunday is still raw.

"I haven't accomplished anything man," Adams said at Wellington Airport today.

"I set out a goal to get a championship and didn't get it, so fell short. There's nothing really to be proud of."

Wellwishers at the airport, including retired Tall Blacks legend Phill Jones, seemed to think differently.

Adams was named in the NBA's All-Rookie second team after establishing himself on the Thunder's star-studded roster.

He reiterated that the call not to play for New Zealand at the August-September World Cup in Spain was largely out of his hands as the Thunder plot off-season improvement for their centre of the future.

"I released a statement saying 'no' and it doesn't take me out of the future," he said.

"It's just this year and it ain't like it was a quick decision. It was a well-thought-out decision, and I was trying to play for the Tall Blacks, but OKC had commitments and all that sort of stuff. So yeah, it was well thought out throughout the whole year and it just came to that."

There is a strong possibility that Adams could unseat veteran Kendrick Perkins as the Thunder's starting centre next season.

Said coach Scott Brooks: "That remains to be seen . . . Steven has definitely improved as the season has gone on, but he's another guy that we're going to continue to challenge and work. We have four months before the next season starts. We expect all of our guys to come back better in four months."

Adams returned home with mentor Kenny McFadden, but is unsure how long his Kiwi holiday will be.

The Thunder have yet to inform him when he is required back for training in Oklahoma City, but he plans to enjoy his brief break.

"Yeah, they gave me time off, so I've got to get my rest ... just helping out coaching with the kids, going back to the academy that Kenny Mac started up and give back to the children."

And maybe a pie? "Oh yeah, always. I've always got time for pies man."

Despite the long flight, Adams was sharp enough to deflect a question about his preference between Wellington and Oklahoma City.

"I can't say that bro; you're setting me up."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

How do you expect the Breakers to perform in this season's Australian NBL?

Last season was a blip, they'll be champions once again

They'll go close to another title, beaten finalists I'd say

Playoffs for sure, but can't see them going any further

Not too excited, they'll miss the playoffs again

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content