Peyton Manning may be retired from the NFL, but he is still very much active in Steven Adams’ heart.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder big man was asked about the NFL playoffs and said that he was watching but not actively following them. When pressed further as to who his favorite NFL player was, Adams replied with Manning and offered a funny reason why. Here is what he said, according to Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript:
Steven Adams watched but doesn’t follow the NFL playoffs. Favorite football player ever? Peyton Manning “because I saw him on a pizza ad” pic.twitter.com/fwaXOnFXrS
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 15, 2018
Indeed, despite Manning’s countless accomplishments on the gridiron over the years, he may always be inextricably linked with Papa John’s and their pizza. As for Adams, he could have an opportunity to follow in the legendary quarterback’s footsteps as an illustrious actor.
The calendar has flipped to November, Daylight Savings Time is no more, and most teams have played their first ten games or so, leaving roughly 72 contests remaining on the schedule. Of course, that can only mean one thing: [sounds airhorn] it’s Overreaction Season. And perhaps the most sacred of all the Overreaction Season traditions is fangirling over those who have successfully turned those 3 a.m. Instagram workouts and that reported 15 pounds of extra muscle into greater productivity on the court. Standing high above the rest of the field, here are the 12 most improved players of the 2017-18 season so far:
Kristaps Porzingis, PF, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony’s departure was all that was needed for our Latvian messiah to reveal himself fully. Porzingis has mutated into a nightly 30-point scoring threat now that he is the focal point of the Knickerbockers’ offense (sometimes even 40 as he proved on Sunday night in a comeback win over the Indiana Pacers), and he has been stunningly efficient despite the massive increase in volume (a career-high 50.0 percent shooting). One of Porzingis’ teammates thinks his scorching start should place him squarely in the MVP conversation. I might even take it a step further and call for beatification if he continues to flex with end-to-end displays of power like this:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 4, 2017
Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Spacing saves. With Carmelo Anthony starting at power forward instead of Taj Gibson, and Paul George stretching out opposing defenses instead of Victor Oladipo, Adams can finally rumble down the lane to his heart’s content for the Thunder. He has responded to the opportunity in kind with his best season both scoring (12.4 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 boards). Toss in his intimidating interior defense, and this mustachioed maestro looks like he’s worth every penny of the $100 million that Oklahoma City invested in him last season. What else is there to say? Funaki is a force.
Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic
Steven Adams is leaving quite the first impression on newest Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Carmelo Anthony.
On Tuesday, Anthony had a priceless quote about the Thunder big man, and Adams had an equally perfect reaction to it, per Royce Young of ESPN.
Melo described Steven Adams as a “monster, like someone from Game of Thrones.” Adams, asked about it: “That’s a bit rude.”
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 26, 2017
It’s actually not the first time that Adams has heard the comparison. But this is just our latest example of why Anthony, who’s said all the right things since his arrival, should be a great fit for the Thunder both on and off the court.
Image via ESPN on YouTube
Steven Adams may soon be arriving to an HBO broadcast near you.
On Tuesday, Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript shared a petition that was started by fans to get the Oklahoma City Thunder big man a cameo appearance on the hit television series “Game of Thrones.”
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) August 10, 2017
As a seven-footer with a heavy accent, Adams seems like a rather perfect fit for the GoT universe. But then again, he might not exactly look the part anymore, and it will be tough for him to top this other recent athlete cameo on the show.
The majestic growth of hair on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams’ upper lip is no more, and social media is officially distraught.
The now-Stache Brother-less Enes Kanter posted a picture to Twitter on Wednesday of Adams’ new look, with no beard either for good measure.
Oops!! Somebody got an accident hahaha
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) August 9, 2017
Predictably, the fan reaction was considerably less than enthused.
— Lauren Dennison (@lookatlauren) August 9, 2017
— Jaz (@wellduhjazmine) August 9, 2017
The myth of Oklahoma City’s Kiwi hero has grown even further.
A feature by Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript published Friday revealed an amusing story about the free throw practice routine of Thunder center Steven Adams: he has an assistant coach unexpectedly slug him in the gut at the line.
More from Katz:
[Adams] plays one of the most physical styles of any NBA player. And he owns an unmatched, eccentric personality. So, when he’s working from the charity stripe, he has Thunder assistant coach Darko Rajaković come out of nowhere and, every once in a while, upper-cut him in the stomach just when he least expects it.
For what it’s worth, Adams is at an ugly 57.1 percent from the line for his career, but he did shoot his highest percentage (61.1) in 2016-17. The 24-year-old is already revered as one of the NBA’s best characters, and that will only continue with this landmark discovery of experimental new training methods.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson became the latest victim of a restaurant receipt gone viral this week, and some of his teammates are getting quite the kick out of it.
After Roberson was forced to defend himself for leaving a $14 tip on a nearly $500 bill at a Texas restaurant, he made the mistake of shouting out his two most fun-loving teammates — Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. They pounced on the opportunity to troll Roberson.
— Andre Roberson (@FlyDre21) July 6, 2017
We just out here tipping more than $13
— Steven Adams (@RealStevenAdams) July 7, 2017
Hahaha oh no!! Don't do that to him like that plz
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 7, 2017
Roberson supposedly went out for drinks with a dozen of his friends, though he had a pretty decent excuse for leaving such a small tip. It’s no surprise that didn’t matter to Adams, who is a notorious stone-cracker.