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The Kiwi Way: New Steven Adams Documentary

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Excellent insights on Steven's life before he came to Oklahoma City, along with his impact on New Zealand.

Adams, in his own words.
Adams, in his own words.
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The Thunder produced a documentary about their third year center Steven Adams over the off-season. It's entitled The Kiwi Way: Steven Adams' New Zealand. That documentary was recently released online for free viewing by the Thunder. You can find it over on their website. The documentary is split into five parts, so you can find whatever you might be interested in.

Here's what you can expect to find in the documentary, along with a few select quotes:

  • On Oklahoma vs New Zealand: "It's just a part of us, though. Everyone wants to help each other out. There's no hidden agenda sort of thing. Everyone just like doesn't care. Like just make sure that you're okay. And I got the same feel when I was in Oklahoma. That's why I say Oklahoma is just like New Zealand is. Because they do the exact same thing. That's what made it easier for me in that transition."
  • Fishing, clay pidgeon shooting, archery.
  • Hangi: Traditional New Zealand way of cooking. Adams: "It's pretty much just, you dig a hole. You fill it with hot soot, and food, and just cover it with dirt. Everything's already wrapped up, you just cover it with dirt. All the way to the top. Pack it down and wait just 4 or 5 hours, eat it. So good, bro!"
  • Working on his game with Mark Bryant at the ASB Arena. Bryant: "[Adams] has grown so much as far as his knowledge of the game. He's got a lot more confidence on the box. As far as being comfortable and making moves on the box."
  • Discussion of Adams impact on young New Zealanders, and the increasing popularity of basketball in the country.
  • How Adams dealt with adversity and academic challenges early in his life.
  • Kenny McFadden, Steven's mentor and coach: "This was a kid who was coming basically from nothing. Who said to himself, 'To be able to make it, I have to become a student-athlete.' Because that's what we preached. There's not a lot of talk down in New Zealand of student-athletes because we don't have the NCAA system. A lot of kids go professional too soon. But [Adams] wanted to get a scholarship. He wanted to learn. He enjoyed learning. He took one step at a time, and every step was a big step."
  • Matthew Bertram, Adams' High School Principal: "Some of the boys were battlers when it came to maths. And Steven was there. And he had come totally unprepared for the exam. So, he was a few minutes late. He had no pens, no pencils, no calculator. He looked pretty scruffy. Boys can be boys, but we had to get him sorted out. It was really really funny to see, because Steven was a big boy. This is when he was about 14 or 15. One of the roughest boys in the class who was never organized himself stood up and said, 'Sir, I've got everything Steven needs.' And out of his bag, he manage to pull everything. Steven just sort of looked at him like, wow. He sat himself down and got going. ... But yeah, [Steven] just got better and better academically. And in the end, he got over the line reasonably comfortably."
  • Footage and interviews surrounding Adams' New Zealand Basketball Camp, where he worked with 60 underprivileged children. The camp took place in both Auckland and Wellington.
  • Interviews with the two students that Steven Adams gave scholarships to. The students are attending Scots College, Adams' alma mater. The program is academic focused, and Scots College provides an all-encompassing social life.
  • Adams: "It's just the Kiwi Way. When they grow up, everyone would be surprised if they didn't give back."
  • The experience in New Zealand when Steven Adams was drafted in June of 2013.
  • Presti: "I remember vividly the first time I saw [Adams] play. It was in November of his freshman year in Detroit, at Pitt. It was clear that he had a physical rigor to him that made him someone we had to be aware of."
  • Adams teammates on how he fits in. Durant: "It's like nothing ever phases him, man. If you look at him and see his personality, you would never know what he went through. Or that he has 20 brothers and sisters. He comes all the way from New Zealand. So he does a good job of adjusting and adapting to who's around him. And that makes him a fun soul. And that makes for a great basketball player."