He’s NZ’s highest profile sportsman, our highest paid athlete ever, but Steven Adams has never lost what it means to be a Kiwi, and he shows it every day.
You see it in the same Stoney Creek camo jacket he wears goofing around on Oklahoma City and on a recent to visit our Prime Minister. In the bare feet he’s as likely to be spotted in as his size 19 sneakers, and in the honest, almost self-mocking tone he takes in post-match interviews.
He even finished an interview on a high profile basketball programme on ESPN with a description of how to put down a hangi.
Autobiography launched at just 24
On his visit home between NBA seasons, Steven Adams has opened basketball courts, run camps for promising young NZ basketballers and launched his biography, Steven Adams: My Fight, My Life.
The 24-year-old has a great story to tell, from his early days in Rotorua to Wellington’s Scotts College, then to the big time in the NBA.
Win your own copy with SchoolLeaver
SchoolLeaver has five copies of Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight to give away. All you have to do is go to our competition page here and enter your details to be in to win. We’ll draw the winners at the end of August. Big ups to the good people at Penguin Random House for helping with the books.
In the meantime, here’s some fun facts about Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams:
- Steven Adams, a centre, is 2.13m (in shoes) and 116kg, with a wing span of 2.27m, and a standing reach of 2.8m.
- His hands span a massive 27.5cm.
- He can eat. Steven routinely eats two appetisers and two main courses at dinners, famously adding a loaf of bread as well when having dinner with one of his coaches.
- He’s a big anime fan, his favoutite show being the long running “One View”. He missed the opening game of the 2017 NBA season (not involving the Thunder) because he was watching cartoons.
- Steven’s also pretty good at Fortnite, NBA player video game of choice, regularly celebrating his solo wins on Instagram.
- Steven suffers from migrane headaches, and has from age 14. Once after he was treated for a migrane and went on to play a blinder he said "Don't think I'm a hero or anything," he said. "It's just modern medicine, mate."
- He believes majorly in the process of constant improvement and constant learning. With Fortnite he took to YouTube to learn then master strategy, and few NBA players are as obsessive over game film, studying tendencies of opponents and diving into the nitty-gritty of basketball.
- At the 2013 NBA Draft, Steven had the New Zealand flag sewn into the inside of his suit jacket.
- Steven has little time for fans who “look to athletes to, like, solve their problems. It's like, 'Bro, we play basketball.'"