Steven Adams spent part of the NBA’s hiatus on his farm in New Zealand, which led to some funny comments from the center.
Adams spoke with reporters on Thursday and shared that he was doing some farm work during the hiatus. He said his cows are “doing good.”
Steven Adams says he spent some of the hiatus in New Zealand on his farm, doing farm work. "Cows are doing good, mate," he says.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 2, 2020
Adams also joked that he was able to practice his rebounding skills by boxing out the cows.
Adams, asked about what kind of on court work he was able to do in New Zealand says, "I was boxing out cows and all that bro."
Adams did go on to say he was able to play some pickup games in New Zealand.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 2, 2020
Adams is in his 7th season with the Thunder and averaging 10.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He has another year left on his contract that is scheduled to pay him $27.5 million next season.
Oklahoma City has been one of the surprises of the season and is tied with Houston with a 40-24 record entering the restart in Orlando.
Steven Adams is not about to get caught up in the back-and-forth between two of his former teammates.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder center had a funny reaction to the Twitter feud between Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins, saying that they were probably just bored.
“Ah you know how it is, mate,” said Adams, per Erik Horne of The Athletic. “They’re both a bit bored, aye? They’re not doing much so they’re probably just bored, mate. But it’s entertaining for you guys I bet, yeah?! You guys getting a little kick out of it?
“I wouldn’t say [it’s] interesting,” Adams went on. “It’s just some bickering. What’s interesting is the political stuff. American politics. That’s interesting. Not just two players bickering. C’mon.”
Adams arrived in Oklahoma City as a rookie in 2013 with both Durant and Perkins already on the team. Perkins was then traded away in 2015 and Durant left to sign with the Golden State Warriors in 2016, which was a central topic of their social media beef this week.
The 35-year-old Perkins is now retired and working as an analyst, while the former MVP Durant is still out with his Achilles injury. Thus, Adams has a point, even if he has aired out some beef with an ex-Thunder teammate too.
Steven Adams no longer appears to fit the Oklahoma City Thunder timeline, and one fellow Western Conference team may be trying to deal for him.
Sean Deveney of Heavy.com reported this week that if there was a favorite to trade for the seven-footer, it would be the Sacramento Kings. Deveney notes that the Kings had interest in Adams prior to free agency this summer and discussed a potential deal with the Thunder but that talks did not get very far because the asking price for Adams was too high.
The 26-year-old Adams, who averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season, is enterting the third year of a four-year, $100 million contract.
Depending on what Sacramento would give up for Adams, he could make for an odd fit on a team that already has young frontcourt players like Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley who need minutes. The Kings also went out and signed big men Dewayne Dedmon and Richaun Holmes this offseason. Still though, Adams landing in Sacramento would be an interesting turn of events, especially given his history of sorts with the team.
Damian Lillard and Steven Adams exchanged some words during Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Portland Trail Blazers first round playoff series over a hard screen.
Lillard’s Blazers were up big in the fourth quarter when Adams decided to set a screen on the point guard. Lillard ran right into him and went down as if he hit a brick wall.
Steven Adams crushed Lillard with this screen pic.twitter.com/pb04AV61QK
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 17, 2019
Adams then committed a foul defending Al-Farouq Aminu the next time up the court, which led to a response from Lillard. The two had a conversation, seemingly about the plays:
— No Baseball Podcast (@nobaseballpod) April 17, 2019
There was nothing illegal about that screen whatsoever. It was completely legitimate. It just rocked Lillard.
There’s no surprise after watching that play that Adams was recognized around the league for his toughness.
Steven Adams has no time for friendships during the playoffs.
Adams was asked ahead of Tuesday’s Game 2 of the first round series between his Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers whether he would be hanging out with ex-teammate Enes Kanter between games. Adams offered a blunt response and said he had no interest in doing so.
Steven Adams today at shootaround on if he has any free time in between games to hang out with Enes Kanter: “Yeah, there’s time … but I don’t want to.” pic.twitter.com/RtHHE2GyOj
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 16, 2019
It’s unclear whether he was joking or being serious, but his answer seemed to contain a bit of both.
Adams and Kanter were collectively known as the “Stache Bros” when they played on the Thunder before Kanter was traded to the Knicks. Despite their relationship, Adams trolled Kanter when they played against each other in November. Kanter was let go by the Knicks and picked up by Portland, and he had a starring role in Game 1.
Russell Westbrook doesn’t like his guys being friendly with opponents, so it’s no surprise Adams is falling in line with that.
A little blood wasn’t going to stop Steven Adams on Tuesday.
During the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder, Adams sustained a bloody nose. In true Steven Adams form, he packed his nose with loads of tissue and kept playing. Unfortunately, when the tissue started to fill with blood, officials made Adams leave the floor.
Steven Adams is playing with a big kleenex stuck in his nose after he was bloodied. Looks like he's been doing it his whole life
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) March 6, 2019
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) March 6, 2019
Adams is already immensely popular among NBA fans. This surely will add to his legendary status.
Steven Adams savagely trolled his former Stache Brother when they squared off against each other on Wednesday night.
Adams’ Oklahoma City Thunder hosted Enes Kanter’s New York Knicks and got out to be a big lead in the first half. Kanter subbed into the game midway through the first quarter, and it didn’t take long for Adams to trash talk him.
During a stoppage in play, Adams told Knicks coach David Fizdale to sub Kanter out because he can’t play defense.
Steven Adams to David Fizdale during a stoppage: "Sub him (him being Enes Kanter) out. He can't play defense."
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) November 15, 2018
Steven Adams just told David Fizdale re: Kanter: “Sub him out. He doesn’t know how to play defense. We’re running pick and roll every time. Sub him out.”
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) November 15, 2018
Adams’ big first half included a monster dunk on Kanter late in the first quarter.
— FOX Sports Oklahoma (@FOXSportsOK) November 15, 2018
Kanter is in his second season with the Knicks since being traded there as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal. He has maintained love for his old team, and even for Adams. Maybe this type of competition will change his opinion.
Since starting the season 0-4, the Thunder have taken advantage of a weak schedule and gone 8-1, even winning games without Russell Westbrook in the lineup.