Video: 'He should be ashamed' -commentators slam Steven Adams' form since signing big money deal




Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams copped some heavy criticism from Fox Sports analysts who say the big Thunder forward hasn't been the same aggressive player since signing his $140 million deal last November.

On the Fox Sports show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, the commentators criticised Adams for his poor work ethic in his side's loss to the Rockets in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

Former Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens tight-end Shannon Sharpe said Adams has lost his mojo since signing his extension contract with Oklahoma.

"Steven Adams got that $100 million extension and went back to New Zealand, they haven't seen him since he signed that contract in October," said Sharpe.

"He should be ashamed of himself, he's seven foot tall, 270 pounds (122kg) and he let Russell Westbrook out rebound him.

"That's unacceptable."

Basketball analyst Chris Broussard said Adams was lucky to get a contract.

"Steven Adams should thank Westbrook and Durant for that contract," said Broussard.

"People acting like he was about to be some All-Star great player because of last year, no! He had two of the top five players in the world with him."

ESPN commentator and sports columnist Skip Bayless said Adams lost his spark and combative style of play.

"He (Adams) was playing hard last year, he was an agitator and a villain and it helped him," said Bayless.

"I think that $100 million has something to do with it because he is resting on his laurels now.

"I don't even know who he is anymore."

Adams played 28 minutes in his side’s loss to the Rockets and scored only six-points.

He secured five rebounds, had one steal and one assist.

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