Basketball: Steven Adams on dealing with previous group, the Oklahoma City Thunder, for very first time after trade to New Orleans Pelicans – NZ Herald
Steven Adams has had his very first taste of betting a previous team in the NBA
The New Orleans Pelicans centre remained in Oklahoma City this week for the very first time because being traded in the off-season as the Pelicans took on the Thunder at Chesapeake Arena.
Adams played his very first seven seasons in the NBA for the Thunder and speaking after the game, a 113-80 win for the Pelicans, Adams shared what it resembled to go back to his old stomping ground.
” It type of messed me up a bit when I tipped the ball,” Adams stated. “I’m so utilized to seeing the OKC colours and I do not understand something in my brain switched and I was like ‘oh s ***, that’s right, I’m playing for New Orleans.’
” So, it was a funny minute on the suggestion ball, but I was sweet after that.”
Adams had his most efficient trip in his short Pelicans profession versus the Thunder on Friday (NZ time), scoring 14 points and adding 10 rebounds.
Off the court, his usual Kiwi sense of design has actually continued to draw attention, most just recently when he chose to wear slides in the middle of winter, with a lot of snow underfoot.
Because being traded during the off-season, Adams has settled into his brand-new surroundings well and handled a management role in what is a young Pelicans team full of capacity. Still simply 27-years-old, Adams is the fourth earliest member of the Pelicans’ roster and their third-longest serving NBA player, behind guards JJ Redick (now in his 16th season) and Eric Bledsoe (12th season).