Could Steven Adams join Tall Blacks for World Cup?

NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thursday, 13 June 2019, 12:33PM
Steven Adams has been named on the longlist. (Photo / Getty)
Steven Adams has been named on the longlist. (Photo / Getty)

Steven Adams could make a shock appearance in the Tall Blacks World Cup campaign, with the Oklahoma City Thunder centre named in the side's long list.

Adams was one of 25 players named in the squad, from which a final 12 will be selected for the tournament.

The 25-year-old being named is not a confirmation of the Kiwi centre's availability, rather it allows for those conversations to continue and for Adams to be available for selection to China if he does make that call.

"Basketball New Zealand has been in regular communication with Steve and his agency and management at OKC," coach Paul Henare said. "We will look to conclude those conversations in the weeks ahead, but clearly Steve is a player we want wearing the black singlet.

"What he would bring to the team is international size, what he can do at the defensive end of the floor is phenomenal, with his ability to block and change shots and what he does from a rebounding perspective at both ends of the floor. That is something we have rarely had at our disposal is that genuine size and athleticism at that pivot spot. Obviously we would love to have him, but ultimately that decision comes down to Steve."

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