Steven Adams rules himself out of Tall Blacks selection again

Oklahoma City Thunder star Steven Adams has again delayed his Tall Blacks debut as coach Paul Henare named a squad today for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand.

The 24-year-old was one of several players to rule themselves out of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers along with Alex Pledger, Tai Webster (NBA camp) and several players with American College study commitments.

There was some hope that he would be available against Hong Kong on June 28 in his hometown Rotorua and then against China in Auckland on July 1 as the matches fall in a brief FIBA window in the middle of the NBA off-season.

The extended 20-man squad named by coach Paul Henare for a warm-up camp in Wellington on June 17 to 21 was headline by experienced campaigners Tom Abercrombie and Mika Vukona.

"This is always an exciting time, to work through a list of players in contention for the MBO Tall Blacks, some for the upcoming window, while others might have to be a little more patient, this is nonetheless a great opportunity to expose them to the Tall Blacks culture and way of doing things," Henare said.

"We have an exciting group of very talented players who are capable of mixing it with the best teams in the world. This is a great chance to see some of the players we know, as well as bring in some of the US based talent from their American Colleges and gauge their progress."

Players invited to the Tall Blacks camp:

Guards: Jarrod Kenny (Bay Hawks), Derone Raukawa (Southland Sharks), Dion Prewster (Bay Hawks), Isaac Letoa (Dartmouth University), Ethan Rusbatch (Bay Hawks), Jordan Ngatai (Wellington Saints), Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University), Alonzo Burton (Taranaki Mountain Airs), Kruz Perrot-Hunt (Rosmini College).

Forwards: Tom Abercrombie (NZ Breakers), Mika Vukona (Nelson Giants), Finn Delany (Nelson Giants), Tohi Smith-Milner (Nelson Giants), Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist University), Reuben Te Rangi (Southland Sharks), Isaac Fotu (Ratiopharm Ulm), Max Darling (Canterbury Rams).

Centres: Jack Salt (University of Virginia),Rob Loe (Cairns Taipans), Tyrell Harrison (Southwest Metro Pirates, Australia).

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 26: Oklahoma City Thunder Center Steven Adams (12) looking to make a play while Orlando Magic Center Nikola Vucevic (9) plays defense at Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK (Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire)
Steven Adams. Source: Photosport


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Watch: NBA champ jumps off team float to drink fan's alcohol during Warriors' victory parade

The Golden State Warriors took their party to the streets - literally - during their victory parade in Oakland today, with one player opting to leave his float to join fans in the crowd to drink alcohol.

Rookie centre Jordan Bell was caught yelling to fans that he had run out of Hennessy during team celebrations when he spotted a fan who had another bottle of the cognac at the ready.

The shirtless 23-year-old immediately rushed off his team float, walked through a security barrier and proceeded to engage with the crowd as he located the fan and drink he was after.

Rather than pour it into a cup, he drank the alcohol straight from the bottle.

Bell played a limited role for the Golden State Warriors in their third championship in four seasons, averaging two points and three rebounds during the playoffs.

The Warriors were crowned this year's champions after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 in the NBA Finals.


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Liking golf is very annoying, says Steven Adams

He is well over 2 metres tall and a multi-millionaired, but Steven Adams is just like any weekend hacker on the golf course.

Like the rest of us hackers, Adams says he clings to rare good shots.

“I do (have the golf bug), but it’s very annoying, it is cliché, you smash like 20 bad shots, just trash, then you hit one good one and you’re like ‘I’m good, I knew I was good’, and then your next 50 is trash, you hold on to that one good one and it sucks

Adams admitted that he probably needed to cut into his Fortnite time to work on his golf, with a focus of hitting the ball straight.

The OKC big man had clubs fitted in Auckland to suit his frame, as he tries to match it with other celebrities at Windross Farm in August. Source: 1 NEWS

“Honestly, you’re not wrong, I need to get off Fortnite and get on the golf course." 

Adams' charity tournament kicks off in August at Windross Farm. with money raised going towards a Sports Pathways Trust - a programme designed to "to develop a student / athlete model to assist youth to achieve their potential in education, achieve success in life and address inequality in education outcome particularly for at-risk youth".

Last year's field of players included All Blacks star Beauden Barrett, Black Caps pace bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult and even the likes of America's Cup winner Simon van Velthooven.

The event is scheduled for August 17.

The OKC big man discussed his improving golf game ahead of his charity event in August. Source: 1 NEWS


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