Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Why Steven Adams finds it important to return to New Zealand in the offseason

In a Q&A with The Oklahoman from Taiwan, Adams talked about his offseason, his desire to grow the sport in his native New Zealand, his growing offensive game and, of course, food.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 23, 2014
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It’s just huge. Because I brag about it all the time, New Zealand. It’s just awesome that Sam and some Thunder people were there with it being my country. I like to just show off New Zealand. So to show them where I came from and what it’s all about was just cool to bring someone in and show them part of your story.

Were you able to show them a good time away from the clinics?

It was mainly based around basketball because they were only there for like two or three days. So it was really hard to do stuff. But they got a good feel for it. In their short period of time there they did the most that they could to see what it is all about. All I did was just pretty much recommend food for them (laughs). Yeah, our food’s pretty good. No joke.

How did you get involved with NBA 3X?

My agent just asked me about it. It just came up and I thought it was a good idea. I thought it was really good stuff so I agreed to it. I came over here and it blew out all my expectations. It’s really, really good what they’ve got going on over here.

Had you ever been to Taiwan?

No. This is the first time. And I’ve been trying to get as cultured as possible.

How’s that going? What’s the experience like over there?

Oh, it’s really cool. All the people are really nice. And the food is really good here. Really good. I love the food here. That’s one of the things they pride themselves on, good food. And I love eating. Peas and carrots.

What’s the best meal you’ve had?

It’s this place called Din Tai Fung. That’s this really well known dumpling place, and they have, honestly, the best food out. It’s so tasty. So, so good. Straight up. You haven’t lived life if you haven’t had it. I’m dead serious.

What’s the rest of your summer look like? What do you want to do with the last month or so that you have off?

It’s pretty much just working out now that I’ve got all my travel out of the way. Now it’s just buckling down and getting back into it.

We talked at summer league about you wanting to become a more polished offensive player. How’s that going, and do you feel like you’re better now than you were at summer league?

I mean, yeah, I’ve definitely seen improvements now from summer league. But there’s still a long way to go. I’m on the right track, though, I guess you could say that. But as I’ve said before, it’s still a part of what I’m learning. They’re still developing it. That’s one of the main focuses, but it’s still based around defense.

Are you ready to get going now, or could you use a little more time for yourself?

I want it to come, but I want the time that I have now to really work on my game. I can’t wait until it comes but I just really need this time.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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