Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams returned to his native country of New Zealand to host a basketball clinic for the local kids in Wellington on August 22nd and 23rd. Adams is known to be the first kiwi NBA star and he participated in drills, pick up games, and coaching for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 17 at the New Zealand Basketball Academy training camp. This is also the very academy that the Center player donates over $120,000 each year, so he feels quite connected to it in more ways than just one. Overall, 250 attendees of the camp had a very fun and educational experience, and they also managed to all get an autograph from their favorite star player.
The Rotorua native is the youngest of his 18 siblings, who all have seem to have won the genetic lottery in height and athletic abilities. Adams’ sister, Valerie, is a Olympic gold medalist for track and field and his brother, Sid Adams Jr., is a NZNBL player. The 22 year old went to the United States for a couple years of college to make it easier to get into the NBA, and he was the 12trh overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder where he’s been playing since 2011.
Adams went home this August to coach and teach kids from Wellington how to improve their basketball skills at the New Zealand Basketball Academy, and it was a huge success for everyone who participated.
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