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Should Steven Adams have played in FIBA World Cup? Published: September 4, 2014

This week, while his national team was doing the Haka dance prior to getting drilled by Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was at home in New Zealand, appearing at an Auckland Foot Locker store.

This didn't sit well with a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, an Auckland newspaper with a circulation similiar to The Oklahoman. Columnist Chris Rattue objected to the timing of Adams' appearance and the impression it left.

"Timing is everything, so it was strange to see our Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Steven Adams holding court in an Auckland sneaker store, when he had turned down the Tall Blacks who are at the World Cup in Spain," Rattue wrote.

"I sympathise with Adams' desire to impress his employers early in his NBA career."

"Let's face it - the World Cup is not the pinnacle of basketball. But the store outing wasn't a good look when we were told vital training demanded by the Thunder had ruled Adams out of the national side."

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