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Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world

2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On last week’s Hang Time Podcast, we had Thunder big man Nick Collison as a guest, and I asked him who would win in a no-holds-barred tables, ladders and chairs match between his teammates Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams. Nick basically refused to answer my question — a smart move when faced with a no-win situation — but did allow regarding Adams’ mind that it may be “a little dark in there.”

Adams finished his rookie season last week with a reputation as something of an instigator — he was constantly getting tangled up with opponents — and in his exit interview with the Oklahoma City media, he confirmed his place in my pantheon of the NBA’s most interesting players by dropping all kinds of awesome quotes. Some of my favorites…

• “What surprised me? Probably the biggest thing is the private planes. Wow, that thing’s amazing. Got all the food on there, a bunch of drinks. I don’t know, It’s just amazing, never seen nothing like it. Tables, tables on planes, that’s amazing.”

• “Then he just yelled at me: ‘I’m the only silverback!’ I was like ‘What the…?’ So that was a big check, it was like, ‘We got some animals in the NBA.'”

• “I don’t like people not liking me. I like to think I’m a likable guy.”

• “I got a lot of restaurants I like to eat at, smash out some food.”

• “But the weather here is ridiculous. The winter is like, I was sliding around everywhere, it’s really cold. Like thunderstorms, it’s so hot. I was like, ‘Oh, man’. I don’t want to say it sucks, but it’s borderline.”

Takewaways? I got two…

1. Someone should start a Steven Adams blog called “Tables On Planes.”

2. Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world.

Big men on Thunder, Spurs get animated (literally)

By Jeff Case

The Spurs-Thunder series is all tied up after OKC’s 105-92 rout in Game 4. One of the key stories in the West finals (of late, anyway) has been how Thunder coach Scott Brooks has changed up his rotations to give youngsters like Steven Adams, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb more burn. Adams’ increased role has come at the expense — at times — of Thunder stalwart big man Kendrick Perkins.

And, Adams has made quite a name for himself in the playoffs with his physical play around the basket (Perkins is traditionally no slouch in this department, either).

Internet artist Chris Edser decided to pay a bit of a homage to the physical play of that OKC big man duo with two animated GIFs:

Edser also made one for Spurs legendary big man Tim Duncan, who has a bit of a history himself of being in disbelief whenever he’s called for a foul:

You can find more of Edser’s NBA work on his Tumblr site, Ron Artist.



Steven Adams: Eating Never Stops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Saturday night in a game against the Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder rookie big man Steven Adams sprained his ankle. Now, a sprained ankle has kept many NBA players out of many games, but less than 24 hours later, Adams was ready to go for the Thunder against the Celtics. And as Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before the Celtics game, Adams has a unique brand of toughness.

We knew basketball was important to Adams — he’s a professional basketball player, after all — but the food stuff is worth exploring. Perhaps we should’ve known Adams had a predilection for preparing food when we spoke to him back at the Rookie Transition Program, and I asked all the rookies what they would make if they were on Iron Chef. While I got a lot of ramen and cereal answers, Adams came with Beef Wellington and creme brulee.

VIDEO: NBA Rookie: What’s Cooking?

After being drafted, Adams said he went out and bought a huge steak to celebrate …

VIDEO: Steven Adams Dinner

And digging deeper, we learned from a long feature this summer in The Oklahoman that for Adams, really just any food is important …

Food is one of his biggest fetishes.

“He loves food,” said Liggins. “He goes crazy about food. Any food. He wants food.”

Less than three minutes after Liggins revealed that information, Adams walked around the corner with a plate piled high with food. He was the only Thunder player to emerge from the locker room with a plate.

“Food is amazing,” Adams said. “I love food. It’s good. It’s from my family, I guess. My family is quite big and we all eat a ton so I think that’s where it came from.”

In the days leading up to the draft, Adams devoured a 48-oz steak. He had his first hot dog last Saturday in Orlando. He didn’t see the big deal.

During the draft combine, former Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, now with Minnesota, suggested Adams get a shirt that reads “Eating Never Stops,” a play off of Nike’s slogan “Basketball Never Stops.”

“I’m just a New Zealand guy,” Adams said.

NBA Players Celebrate Halloween

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are just like anyone else, and end up celebrating Halloween by dressing up in wacky costumes. Here’s a sampling of images they’ve shared of them in costume via various social media thus far…

Serge Ibaka as Coming To America‘s Prince Akeem, and girlfriend Keri Hilson as Lisa McDowell…


Victor Oladipo Posterizes His Fellow Rookies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent all day yesterday at the Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, a circus of an extravaganza of an event, in which 36 NBA rookies show up in uniform and spend the day being poked and prodded by various outlets from various forms of media. It’s a bit of a head-spinning experience: so many rookies, so many cameras, so much happening, all while the great DJ Neil Armstrong was spinning tunes in the corner at a significant volume.

We’ll have more from this day for some time to come, but there was one moment that stood out which we should get to first. I was there along with my main man Dennis Scott, as we taped interviews with dozens of the players for use here on and on NBA TV. A few hours into the morning, as we were talking with OKC rookie Steven Adams, Bobcats rookie Cody Zeller approached from one side holding a trash can. Before we could even think about what was happening, Zeller’s college teamate Victor Oladipo sprinted in from our blindside and dunked on Adams. (You can see me and 3D make an appearance at the :28 second mark, as we join everyone else in laughing at Adams.)

Today the video has emerged, as Oladipo and Zeller were apparently working at the behest of Adams was not the only victim for this dastardly duo, as they spent a while going around posterizing their fellow rookies. We brought you the debut of posterizing a few months ago, and now it has made its logical progression into the NBA. When Oladipo’s around, watch your back.

(via Dan Devine)

Relaxation: New Zealand Draft Pick Style

By Nick Margiasso IV

The Oklahoma City Thunder veterans would like to collectively thank new draft pick Steven Adams for answering the “Who will be the easiest rookie to haze” question…

Follow Steven Adams of the Thunder on Twitter at @RealStevenAdams.