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Edi­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

Be­fore the draft, the hoo-ha and the crack-up press con­fer­ences; be­fore the US$100 mil­lion con­tract with the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der; be­fore the flash threads, the spon­sor­ship deals, the count­less pairs of kicks there was Steven Adams, the baby of a large fam­ily who lived in a small house in Ro­torua. Be­fore the lights and the hype and the nice house, there were plas­tic bread bags to pro­tect de­crepit shoes; there was a woman called Blos­som; a coach called Kenny; and a cou­ple of sib­lings who, were it not for their en­cour­age­ment, their kid brother might still be play­ing Xbox on a couch in a small town in the cen­tral North Is­land. My Life, My Fight is a fas­ci­nat­ing chron­i­cle of the life and times of the su­per­star bas­ket­baller. But it is a shout out, too, to those who were so ded­i­cated and de­ter­mined on his be­half. High five. Slam dunk. Win­ners, all. En­joy our cover story, an ex­tract from the book. Have a great week­end.

SARAH DANIELL sarah. daniell@ nzherald. co. nz

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