Adams’ kick to the groin of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal got him a technical foul on Thursday, and it also sparked a good bit of debate. Flailing legs aren’t new in the NBA, and some argued that this incident was inadvertent.
Green, who has had a number of kicking incidents, isn’t buying that one bit.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 26, 2018
It’s particularly funny because Green has kicked Adams before. Naturally, at the time, he claimed that his act was accidental, but when the shoe is on the other foot, things look a little bit different.
Steven Adams received a technical foul for kicking Bradley Beal in the groin during the third quarter of Thursday’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Washington Wizards game.
Adams was going up for a rebound and got pulled from behind by Marcin Gortat, who ended up getting called for a foul. As he was going down, Adams kicked Beal in the groin:
Steven Adams kicks Bradley Beal in the kiwis. Beal is…he’s really upset. pic.twitter.com/B7AOwr8g8E
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) January 26, 2018
Beal went down after the groin shot and had to recover on the bench while the officials figured things out. They gave Adams a tech and Gortat a foul for the sequence.
Both Beal and Adams made their free throws after the foul calls were made. Maybe Adams learned the move from his buddy Draymond Green.
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.
- Steven Adams
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