Steven Adams Gives Epic Exit Interview After OKC Thunder Season Concludes

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on may 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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If only the rest of the NBA was as candid and unfiltered as Steven Adams while conducting interviews. 

As Anthony Slater wrote for while giving the full transcript of the big man's exit interview from the 2013-14 season, "He’s got a dry New Zealand sense of humor and a willingness to yuck it up with the media, telling entertaining anecdotes and using unique mannerisms."

So many interviews in the Association are filled with stock answers. Sure, humor is occasionally interjected into the proceedings, but not from start to finish while a player refuses to conform to the conventions of the typically boring question-and-answer sessions.

This big man from the Oklahoma City Thunder is just one of a kind.  

Take this wonderful anecdote about an interaction with Kendrick Perkins: 

There would be a day, Perk, he was there. And we were like scrimmaging or whatever and we kinda got into it like we clashed. I’m innocent, I didn’t do anything, I accidentally hit him. And then like, he turned around and elbowed me in the ribs and I’m like ‘oh my God’ (holding ribs). Then he just yelled at me: 'I’m the only silverback!' I was like 'What the…?' So that was a big check, it was like, 'We got some animals in the NBA.'

Or when he was asked about going incognito back in New Zealand now that he'd attained celebrity status: 

Yeah, incognito, no chance. I actually bought a facemask. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, I tweeted it once. It’s like a Balaclava. So I got that, I might wear that around. But it’s going to be ridiculous, probably, because I like to be out a lot. I got a lot of restaurants I like to eat at, smash out some food. So yeah, it’s going to be quite annoying.

How about when he discusses the weather in Oklahoma City?

But the weather here is ridiculous. The winter is like, I was sliding around everywhere, it’s really cold. Like thunderstorms, it’s so hot. I was like, ‘Oh, man.’ I don’t want to say it sucks, but it’s borderline.

Honestly, the whole thing is just great. Make sure you check it out from start to finish. And to ensure that you do, here's that link one more time.

I've got your back, just like Adams is going to have the backs of his teammates. 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 27: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after a play in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 27,
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Now, let's finish things off just like the OKC big man does in his exit interview, though the questions are obviously going to be a little bit different. 

Was Adams a superstar during his first season with the Thunder, seeing as he averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks per game as a rookie and made more headlines for getting people kicked out of games than anything else?


Was he fun to watch while still brimming over with untapped potential? 

Hell yeah.