Watch: 'Keep being that force of nature' - Carmelo Anthony latest OKC star to praise in-form Steven Adams

Another of Steven Adams' well-known teammates has praised the Kiwi centre for his sheer dominance rebounding at the offensive end of the court.

Carmelo Anthony went as far to call Adams a "force of nature" that has plenty of potential.

"I'd like for him to continue doing what he’s been doing on the offensive glass, being that force of nature down there," Anthony said after yesterday's training.

"It's hard guarding him with one guy in the paint. When the shot goes up - for him to still grab those offensive rebounds with two or three guys on him, that says a lot about him and what he’s capable of."

Anthony is the second all star in the Oklahoma City Thunder line up to praise Adams' rebounding abilities in the last week with Paul George saying last Friday the team feels more confidence shooting when he is on the court.

"It just feels like we can take any shot we want knowing Steve's going to go get it," George said.

"It allows us to be more aggressive. There's not many guys that physically can match up with him straight or athletically can jump with him. He's in a category of his own, honestly."

Adams currently leads the NBA in offensive rebounds per game where he is averaging five each match.


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NZ Breakers spoil homecoming party for NBL champions Melbourne United, claim first win of season

The New Zealand Breakers have spoiled the homecoming party for NBL reigning champions Melbourne United after recording an 88-81 victory.

United unfurled their 2017-18 championship banner in front of a large crowd at Melbourne Arena on Sunday but it was the visitors who celebrated a comeback victory after falling behind by 12 points in the opening quarter.

Former United star Tai Wesley came back to haunt his former club, scoring 21 points in a dazzling first-half display on his way to a game-high 25 points.

Tom Abercrombie helped spark New Zealand's second-quarter fightback, scoring 16 points to overtake Kirk Penney as club's highest scorer, while accurate long- range shooting from guard Patrick Richard (15) helped clinch the win in the final quarter.

The result extended a run of six opening-round games where away teams have emerged victorious.

Coming off a thrilling quadruple-overtime victory over the Illawarra Hawks on Friday night, United faded after the first quarter, with key imports Casper Ware and Josh Boone combining for just eight points.

"It's hard to back up (after) a four-overtime game," Breakers coach Kevin Braswell said as he praised the efforts of the United players for their energetic first half.

"They got tired and one of the things that we wanted to do was to push the pace and I thought we did a pretty good job of that for three-quarters of the game."

Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman credited his opponents for making the most of their advantage.

"You come off a game like we did, they did everything to make it hard for us tonight," Vickerman said.

"They talk about their depth and they used it tonight ... that was a good defensive effort from them."

United were also without new import DJ Kennedy after the 198cm forward went out of Friday's win with an ankle injury.

Chris Goulding led United's scoring with 22 points with assistance from David Barlow (15) and former Cairns Taipans guard Mitch McCarron (14).

United opened the match in style, shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc as they jumped out to a 12-point lead, with the Breakers failing to capitalise on numerous second-chance opportunities.

But the Breakers turned it around in the second quarter, outscoring the home side 28-14 as Wesley and Abercrombie led the charge for the visitors to lead by five at halftime.

Former Breakers centre Alex Pledger gave United a boost in the third quarter to help his new club regain the lead but the visitors rallied to maintain their five-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

New Zealand took over in the final term, with Richard opening with a triple before Abercrombie and former United centre Majok Majok combined to push the lead beyond United's reach.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 14:  Thomas Abercrombie of the Breakers drives to the basket during the round one NBL match between Melbourne United and the New Zealand Breakers at Melbourne Arena on October 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Tom Abercrombie went past Kirk Penney as the Breakers' highest scorer. Source: Getty

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Breakers admit atmosphere at season-opener was lacking, acknowledge fans’ concerns - ‘We were disappointed’

The Breakers are listening to fans' concerns over a poor gameday experience in last night's NBL opening defeat to the Brisbane Bullets, former player and now general manager Dillon Boucher says.

As the Breakers slumped to an 86-73 loss to the Bullets, their first game under new ownership, fans have been quick to express their outrage at the changes in the game day experience at Spark Arena, with a subdued atmosphere noticeable both on the televised broadcast, as well as to those in attendance.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Boucher says that last night's match shouldn't serve as a deterrent for fans returning for future matches, and that their concerns are being taken seriously.

"I feel like we've set a very high bar, a very high standard of what we expect game nights to be," he began.

"We were disappointed at the execution of our game night last night, we won't sugarcoat that. We've had a lot of teething problems.

"We take all of our feedback seriously, and we'll be making sure that come next Sunday we've rectified a lot of the things that people have identified - that we have already identified ourselves."

Boucher also urged patience from the fans, with some on social media suggesting they want refunds on their season tickets.

"Just because one game night is not up to scratch, I expect those people to stick by us and support us - and I know our loyal supporters will."

"We want the crowd to be involved, and the participation to be involved.

"We had a lot of moving pieces last night, that over time, those things can be lost in translation. We've got a big debrief today, that we'll identify the areas we need to improve on.

"Each person will have a responsibility to make sure that area ticks over better.

"It will definitely be better come Sunday."

The Breakers' next home game comes against the Sydney Kings on October 21.

Boucher says there were "a lot of teething problems" in the season opener. Source: 1 NEWS

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'We may as well have been at home' - Breakers fans vent frustations over poor experience at NBL season opener

Breakers fans have expressed their disappointment at the club's game day experience, following their NBL season opening defeat to the Brisbane Bullets in Auckland last night.

As the Breakers slumped to an 86-73 loss to the Bullets, their first game under new ownership, fans have been quick to express their outrage at the changes in the game day experience at Spark Arena, with a subdued atmosphere noticeable both on the televised broadcast, as well as to those in attendance.

"There was no geeing up of the crowd, no decent time out entertainment, no half time song to get the crowd on their feet. Without the crowd into it, it was a very flat atmosphere. I've been going to games for 15 years, and that was the quietest game I've ever seen," wrote Trudy Renner Falconer on Facebook.

"Wow what have they done. Taken away all the crowd interaction - very flat," Sheryl Cronin wrote on Facebook. "We may as well have been at home."

"The few traditions the Breakers had at home games have been thrown out. Has the emcee ever been to a basketball game before? The games were amateurish and disorganised and made no attempt to involve the crowd. Sort your act out Breakers management," Wayne Chatfield wrote on Facebook.

The question is, will the Breakers rush to improve fans' experiences ahead of their next home game, coming against the Sydney Kings on October 21?

Tom Abercrombie leaves the court.
Tom Abercrombie leaves the court. Source: Photosport


Watch: 'You can't eat that much!' Steven Adams grilled by Russell Westbrook after huge restaurant order

Steven Adams has lived up to his reputation as a big man of the NBA after getting called out by one of his Thunder teammates for his huge food orders at a restaurant.

The Kiwi centre and OKC teammate Russell Westbrook were sharing a meal this week when Adams' all star teammate called him out for ordering five plates of food.

"Well, Steve ordered this, a little bit of that, and that, and that," Westbrook says as he pans his phone across the numerous meals.

"Bro, you cannot eat that much!"

After being called out by Westbrook, Adams doesn't reply - instead pulling one of his trademark cheeky grins.

The large meal could be a reward though, considering the high-flying start the 25-year-old has made for the Thunder in preseason.

In three games, Adams has averaged a double-double for the Thunder with 13 points and 11 rebounds while also picking up an average of two assists per game as well.

Oklahoma City are relying more on Adams currently with the team without Westbrook, who is recovering from a knee surgery, and the departure of another all star in the offseason, Carmelo Anthony.


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