Steven Adams looks like the kind of guy you don’t really want to get on the wrong side of. Sure, his exit interview after his rookie year was pure comedic genius, and he looks like a loveable character, but you also get the feeling (and I am sure Zach Randolph will attest) you just don’t want to get on the Big Kiwi’s bad side.
A physically imposing center, the New Zealand native showcase athleticism, strength and ruggedness throughout his rookie campaign, getting under the skin of many big men and fouling hard without malice. In short, he looks like the kind of beast that will flatten you.
Andre Iguodala might just find that out the hard way on November 23rd when the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Golden State Warriors.
Iggy tweeted about the New Zealand haka – comparing it to “the A town stump”. Adams saw it and quickly responded, asking Iguodala to “have some respect” for the New Zealand cultural dance. Since then, the tweet has been deleted, but you can be assured it hasn’t left Adams’ mind.
Steven Adams is one stone cold dude. The first New Zealand born player to be drafted into the NBA sure found a way to make enemies quickly in the NBA with his strength, unwillingness to back down and by getting under people’s skin with his hustle and effort. As the youngest of 18 children (yes – 18 children) Adams is used to physical altercations. He acknowledged earlier in the year that his sister Valerie (a two time Olympic gold medalist in shot put) hits harder than most of the NBA players who took a liking to elbowing Adams in the face.
You can bet Adams gives every bit as good as he gets.
This side story adds a little spice now to the Thunder vs Warriors game in OKC in November. If Andre Iguodala is flying down the lane or is guarding Durant in a pick and roll, Adams might just teach Iggy a little respect for New Zealand.