Steven Adams was a bit of a nervous wreck after the Thunder played the Bulls on Monday night.
Lorde, the singer and song-writer who, like Adams, is a native New Zealander, was in attendance, and Adams really wanted to meet the artist who has taken the music industry by storm with her megahit “Royals.”
Teammates, most notable Kevin Durant, were even teasing Adams about his desire in the locker room after the game.
But the two Kiwis connected one night later at Lorde’s concert in Chicago, both being able to relate to each other’s experiences in dealing with newfound fame in the United States.
“She’s real cool, just a chilled-out chick,” Adams said. “She was going through what I was going through, it being weird meeting people who’ve got a name but you don’t actually know about them. Then you have a chat and you’re like, ‘Oh that’s (such and such).’
Adams got to hang out with Lorde and her band for a bit on Tuesday at the concert and was clearly still excited about the experience when describing it a day later.
“The drummer and the piano guy are funny,” Adams said. “They’re cool.”
On Tuesday night, Lorde sent a message to Adams on Twitter.
“you are the best,” she wrote to the Thunder’s rookie center. “good luck on ze court!”
Asked if he and Lorde are currently the two biggest celebrities in New Zealand, Adams downplayed his part.
“I think so. I’m not sure,” Adams said. “I don’t even check up on that stuff. She definitely is. She’s the No. 1 superstar.”
SCHEDULING QUIRK LEAVES THE THUNDER IN CHICAGO THREE DAYS
The Thunder had what seemed like a mini-vacation in Chicago this week.
The team arrived Sunday night following a home game against Dallas. But rather than head to Cleveland immediately following the Bulls game Monday, the schedule allowed the Thunder to remain in Chicago, where it had the day off Tuesday. The team then practiced Wednesday morning before finally flying to Cleveland in the afternoon.
“We just decided to stay here,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before the team departed Chicago. “It just gives us a chance to regroup after the Chicago game. You don’t have to repack your bags and jump on a flight. There’s not a lot of times you can do that. I kind of like doing that when we have that chance.”
A similar scheduling quirk earlier this month gave the Thunder three nights in Los Angeles. After facing Phoenix on Thursday, March 6, the Thunder flew to L.A. immediately after the game and had an off day Friday. OKC practiced Saturday and played the Lakers in an afternoon game Sunday before returning to Oklahoma City after the game.
“I don’t look at it (as a reward to the players),” Brooks said. “As a head coach, you have to systematically have your practice plans worked out throughout the year because you have to get practice times, you have to get the facilities. So you have to have the big-picture thinking, but you also have to look at segments of the season where you can call (practices) off also.”
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