/ Jan 15, 2015 / 4:45 pm
The first half of 2014-2015 hasn’t gone how the Denver Nuggets envisioned. Plagued by an unrelenting injury bug and a dreadful six-game losing streak in early November, the Nuggets find themselves on the outside looking in on the loaded Western Conference playoff race – with the fully healthy Oklahoma City Thunder just above them.
But if Ty Lawson’s dominant recent play is any indication, Denver’s lack of health fortune and awful start to the season might not doom them after all. The speedy 6-0 point guard has recovered from a balky ankle to play perhaps the best ball of his career in January, averaging 21.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game on scintillating marks of 57.1 percent overall and 47.1 percent from beyond the arc.
In the midst of leading his team to a 5-1 start to the month, the perpetually underrated Lawson graciously took some time to talk with Dime about his clothing store, the shady nature of amateurism, changing nature of point guard play, Denver’s postseason hopes, and more in a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview. Read More »
/ Jan 3, 2015 / 10:00 am
Remember that goofy pregame routine LeBron James used to do with the Cavs before heading to Miami and getting all I gotta be serious to be a champion? Or the secret handshake between Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields when they were in New York? The Thunder have a pretty famous pregame handshake routine going back a few years, but they have to adopt new practices with new players, specifically rookie Steven Adams. Read More »
Thunder second-year big man Steven Adams had a big game on Christmas Day, putting up 16 points and snagging 15 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s 114-106 win over the defending champion Spurs. One play in particular showed off Russell Westbrook‘s passing, something he’s been criticized for during Kevin Durant‘s absence. His tenth dime ended with a rousing Adams dunk on Tim Duncan. Read More »
Nick Young is a “star.” Steven Adams is a goon. It’s no wonder a player that compares himself to Michael Jackson would be extra irked by the instigating Kiwi’s antics. As the two players briefly entangle during last night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, watch Swaggy P lose his considerable cool and elbow Adams in the throat – leading to his ejection. Read More »
/ Nov 26, 2014 / 3:45 pm
When the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, it seemed like the team got absolutely nothing in return. Kevin Martin wasn’t able to replace Harden’s production and Jeremy Lamb never developed into the dangerous offensive weapon the Thunder had hoped he would.
But the Thunder also received the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft as part of the deal, which they used to select Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams. It’s a pick that makes Oklahoma City feel as if they’ve salvaged a valuable piece for their team after the infamous trade with Houston. Read More »
Kendrick Perkins’ time in the limelight might finally be coming to a close. Though coach Scott Brooks has yet to name his starting center, signs point to second-year kiwi Steven Adams usurping Perkins in the Okahoma City Thunder rotation. And though the incumbent admits to being nervous about his new circumstances, Perkins also insists that opening games or coming off the bench ultimately doesn’t matter to him. Read More »
Oklahoma City Thunder second-year big man Steven Adams is known for doing the dirty work. No young player in the NBA is more likely to incite a fracas than the native New Zealander. Unlike most league provocateurs, though, Adams somehow manages to keep a cool head while playing his notorious brand of overly physical basketball. This bone-crushing screen he set on Memphis Grizzlies rookie Jordan Adams – no relation, by the way – isn’t a dirty play, but further indication that his basketball understanding and nuance is far better than it was last season. Read More »
/ Oct 12, 2014 / 2:45 pm
Kevin Durant is irreplaceable. The Oklahoma City Thunder could perhaps duplicate the reigning MVP’s incredible production by using a cavalcade of young reserves in his approximate two-month absence due to a Jones fracture, but the threat of Durant can’t be reproduced. And once you account for the massive strides he made last season as a playmaker and defender, it becomes even clearer that the Thunder will have to make wholesale adjustments while their franchise player recovers. Read More »
Last summer we got a chance to talk to Steven Adams about some of his favorite electronic music out of his native New Zealand. He was a pleasure to talk with and our appreciation for him only grew as he turned into the brawny instigator the Thunder needed as a backup big come playoff time. The 70’s mustache he grew over the offseason, though, has somehow intensified or interest in the center, and perhaps wins the award for best summer style change. Read More »
/ Sep 23, 2014 / 6:45 pm
Steven Adams (photo. ArDoMi Media YouTube)
You’d think NBA tough guy Steven Adams would have it out for frequent Oklahoma City Thunder thwarter LeBron James. Like the rest of the basketball world, though, it appears the New Zealand is a fan of The King. Watch Adams cross-up and score on an overmatched middle-aged man and christen his “achievement” with LeBron’s signature celebration. Read More »