What’s in store for Steven Adams’ basketball camp

Let Steven guide your children today.

Let Steven guide your children today.

By Hayley Byrnes.

NBA stars are few and far between; some are born with natural talent, others need nurturing. That’s why when I think of “Basketball Camp”, I think of none other than my friend* Steven Adams. I mean, where else are your kids going to learn how to source MVP’s as best mates or how to take an elbow to the head? It just makes sense. Steven begins running his camp over in New Zealand next month, so let’s take a look into what the children of tomorrow will be learning.

Learn how to get your opponents suspended while looking innocent.
Here, Steven teaches the rare skill of “provoking”. From Nate Robinson to Zach Randolph, Adams teaches your children the art of getting under the oppositions skin.  Not everyone has been so blessed to grow up playing rugby like Steven. Kicks to that head and broken bones are as common as a fan wondering why Kendrick Perkins hasn’t been amnestied. Future skills to pay the bills.

Learn to not be a dick!
If there’s one thing I can relate to Steven the most, it’s being a Kiwi in America. When you’re not dealing with another “throw another shrimp on the barbie” quote or explaining that no, you don’t know any hobbits, it’s your job as a New Zealander to make our country look great.

“For me once I go out there to America I’m pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven’t met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I’m like a dick, then they’re like New Zealand guys are dicks. If you’ve just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they’re fine with it” said Steven in Auckland yesterday.

So go forth and be dick-free today!

Being a Kiwi is rad.

Following the lead from Flight of the Conchords, Adams is letting the world in on the Kiwi dry sense of humor. While often regarded as nonchalant, Adams has proven time and time again how important it is not caring about interviews. Be candid, never smile and always make reporters nervous. Adams reminds New Zealanders that their power is in nobody knowing where the hell you’re from. Keep it up, Steven!

Learn real estate with Steven.

Steven knows property. He knows that a clothesline is neither here nor there, he knows his wood, and he can point out the perks of a double oven. Steven Adams Property Developer? Sign me up!

Grooming with Steven.

That hair gel game doesn’t just create itself. Steven will teach your children the art of  the “Scoop and Swoop” – sticking your hand in a tub of gel and hoping for the best. See, this is what makes Steven a double-edge sword, he doesn’t only rely on his hair-gel game to get him over the line, oh no. There is also “Summertime Steven”, a special look Steven crafted throughout this year’s Summer League. Short on testosterone and lacking facial hair is a common occurrence throughout the youth of today, and Steven showcases how to pull off the wispy mustache with conviction.

“I don’t think you’re ready for this gel-ay”

“I don’t think you’re ready for this gel-ay”

Steven will extend your vocabulary

Some players will cruise through a decade of  NBA and leave us with nothing — but not our Steven. Instead he’s generously given us more than most stars in a lifetime.

On his first year in the NBA:

“Probably the biggest thing is the private planes. Wow, that thing’s amazing. Got all the food on there, a bunch of drinks. I don’t know, It’s just amazing, never seen nothing like it. Tables, tables on planes, that’s amazing.”

On Oklahoma City:

“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.”

On watching Kevin Durant play basketball:

“I was amazed like the first time, like ‘Whoa, this is cool’ in practice. But after some time, you get used to it and now it’s just like ‘Cool.’”

“Steven Adams – An elbow in time” – on bookshelves soon.

Steven teaches why New Zealanders are better than Australians.

For most, this is a daily struggle and many misguided Australians go about daily life still not understanding the basic concept – New Zealanders are way cooler than Aussies. While it’s easy to make excuses for the Australians given their low IQ and reluctance to acknowledge their superiors, Steven had been an avid Aussie basher from the start and has used his profile to get the message out there.

“I search out Aussies and make it my job to make their lives miserable” Steven said back in May.

What a guy. Hopefully Steven continues his selfless crusade to get this message out to more people.

It’s OK to be hated.

So what if you got that kid sent off throwing a punch? That’s not your problem! Steven teaches it doesn’t mater if you piss people off, as long as your team is winning.

On people not liking him?

“Kinda sad, to be honest with you. I don’t like people not liking me. I like to think I’m a likable guy. And when they elbowed me, I’m like, “Aww, that’s our friendship out the door.”

*Steven is not really my friend although he should be.
Hayley Byrnes is a New Zealander living in the fine city of Miami. She runs game-face.net & covers the Miami Heat for SB Nation’s HotHotHoops.com. Follow her on Twitter: @HayloHaylz.

#BTHype catches up with Brock Motum

MOtu Summer LeagueToday, Tom & Benyam caught up with Brock Motum at Australia’s pre-FIBA World Cup camp for a quick chat.

The boys chat with Brock about his season playing in Italy with Bologna and his development playing with the Boomers throughout the year, leading into making the Australian team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

The boys also look back on Brock’s recent experiences playing for the Utah Jazz Summer League team alongside fellow Aussie Dante Exum.

The audio for this also appears in Episode 203 of the podcast.

Check it out!

Andre Drummond takes Draymond Green’s lunch money with a huge block

USA Basketball camps bring together the best players in the country all trying to impress coaching staff, so when you get this many guys competing in this atmosphere, you’re going to get guys wanting to dunk on each other, swat each other and generally show who’s top dog.

Today that was Andre Drummond, who according to reports, not only blocked Draymond out of the gym, took his lunch money and left with his girlfriend.

via: PBT

Boris Diaw signs Spurs contract on a boat

Last month, tongues were wagging at Chandler Parsons’ A+ swag move of signing the Dallas Mavericks $46 million offer sheet in a nightclub with Mark Cuban.

I mean, that is pretty cool, but nothing says “I’m cooler than you and there’s nothing you can do about it,” more than signing a three-year, $22 million extension on the deck of a luxury boat.

The Spurs not only get another three years of Boris Diaw’s awesomely versatile play, they get another three years of Bo-Bo: the daydreaming, frogging, sailing adventureman.


via: EOB

#BTHype catches up with Chris Goulding


Today, Tom & Benyam caught up with Chris Goulding down at Australia’s pre-FIBA World Cup camp for a quick chat.

The boys chat with Chris about his new contract with CAI Zaragoza in the ACB, trying to make the Australian team for the FIBA World Cup, the improvement of his game we’ve seen over the last few years & the path he took through Australia’s National Basketball League to reach the International level. Furthermore, the guys chat with Chris about his experiences with the Dallas Mavericks at NBA Summer League this year & the 6 weeks he spent prior to the start of LVSL working out in Dallas & lifting weights with Dirk Nowitzki.

The audio for this also appears in Episode 203 of the podcast.

Furthermore, an interview with fellow Boomer & Utah Jazz Summer Leaguer Brock Motum will be released shortly.

Check it out!

Episode 203 – FIBA Fever: Spanish Boomers


Today on Believe The Hype’s World Cup Podcast FIBA Fever, Tom & Benyam break down the recently announced Australian Boomers squad. Prior to the announcement, the guys caught up with Chris Goulding & Brock Motum at Boomers Camp in Canberra & those interviews appear in the episode. Furthermore, the boys chat about Ben Simmons missing the cut, the leadership of Matthew Dellavedova, whether Dante Exum should start or come off the bench, the wing depth, guys who are going to their first major tournament, the upcoming Team USA Mini-Camp & who may make the final roster for the USABMNT.

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread & @benyamkidane and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.


#BTHype catches up with Dante Exum after his World Cup selection


By JT.

Believe The Hype’s JT caught up with Utah Jazz point-guard Dante Exum after his selection in the Australian Boomers World Cup squad for a quick chat, here’s what he had to say.

1) Your good mate Ben Simmons missed out on the team, are you pretty disappointed about that?

Yeah, obviously, like he’s been a friend for a while, but you know, I know him and he’s going to bounce back from this and keep working hard.

2) Do you expect to be playing mostly off the ball in Spain alongside Delly / Is it something that you’re feeling more comfortable with having done it in the Summer League with Utah?

I’ve always felt comfortable playing off the ball but I feel my natural position is the one, and I think it’s just going to be a shared position between us. So whenever I need to be on the point I’ll be there and the same for Delly, and Andrej has a game plan for all of that.


3) How excited are you to be representing the Australian Men’s national team at the World Championships?

Yeah, I think it’s going to be a great experience playing at the Worlds on this stage. It’s an honour to be a part of the Boomers team which I’ve always wanted to be a part of, you can’t get any better than that so I think it’s definitely going to be a good experience for me before I head into my season and hopefully we can do well.

4) When do you head back to Utah to start your preparations for the season?

It will be after the tournament but I will come back to Australia first just to chill out here a bit before I head back in.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.