OKC big man Adams open to play for NZ Tall Blacks: ‘If timing is right’

first_imgNew Zealand’s top big man Steven Adams is open to playing for the national team as long as his schedule permits.Adams is an integral part of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, which is in midst of the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “But he’s got to weigh things up. Every off-season he’s had has been really busy in terms of his camps, and building his brand and things like that. In terms of having direct conversations with him personally we’ll have to wait till after his season,” Henare said in the same interview.Fiba made major changes with its tournament format and timeline. Among the changes are the merging of Oceania, with Australia as its other country, and Asia in one zone.“We got bored just by playing against Australia. We lost every year,” said Adams with a laugh.The 23-year-old Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the Thunder in November 2016.ADVERTISEMENT “If the timing is right,” said Adams during his media availability Tuesday at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City.The 7-foot center missed the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Manila in July of last year after reportedly begging off from his duties with the Tall Blacks due to a scheduling conflict.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’New Zealand will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon from Aug. 8-20 and Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare thinks there’s no better time for Adams to finally suit up for his country.Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark Giongco“I would like to think the Asian champs is a good option for him,” Henare told Stuff, a New Zealand-based news website. “It doesn’t directly clash with anything, the pressure is off, and it’s away from home soil.” National team pool slots at stake at BVR nat’l championships Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationlast_img read more