Adams stays busy at camps

Thun­der star Steven Adams has kept busy teach­ing at sum­mer bas­ket­ball camps in Ok­la­homa City and his na­tive New Zealand.

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He gave some nu­tri­tion tips. He of­fered some bas­ket­ball point­ers.

Steven Adams was right at home Thurs­day at Taft Mid­dle School, teach­ing stu­dents about fit­ness and food at a Thun­der Fit Clinic.

Not long ago, he was of­fer­ing on-court in­struc­tion back in his na­tive New Zealand, where the game has grown in the years since Adams played it there.

Thurs­day’s event was spon­sored by Home­land. In New Zealand, Adams’ bas­ket­ball camp spon­sor is “a dairy sort of com­pany,” he said.

“So it’s real weird, the kids af­ter we do the camp, they get, like, a big block of cheese, some eggs and some bread and some milk,” Adams said. “The par­ents are, like, stoked, be­cause they don’t have to go buy gro­ceries any­more. They’re like, ‘Yes!’ It’s quirky, but it’s awe­some.”

Adams was his typ­i­cally en­gag­ing self on Thurs­day, and said it’s “al­ways good” to be back con­nect­ing with kids in Ok­la­homa City.

But he’s proud to see the way bas­ket­ball has taken off back home in the years since he came to the U.S., first to play col­lege bas­ket­ball at Pitts­burgh, then four years of NBA ball with the Thun­der.

“It’s def­i­nitely one of the main sports over there now,” Adams said. “Still rugby is the No. 1 sport, which is, that’s awe­some. But bas­ket­ball now is mak­ing its way there, which is cool.”

And more play­ers are fol­low­ing a trail Adams helped blaze out of New Zealand and into Amer­i­can col­lege hoops.

Ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand Her­ald, there were more than 50 men and 60 women from the coun­try play­ing Amer­i­can col­lege bas­ket­ball last sea­son, and the num­ber is grow­ing.

“A lot of col­leges are ac­tu­ally com­ing over to New Zealand (to re­cruit),” Adams said. “I’m not sure if they’re us­ing that as an ex­cuse to come to New Zealand, like, ‘We’re just go­ing for scout­ing, mate.’ We have re­ally good vine­yards, so they might be go­ing there. Ei­ther way, it’s just awe­some.”

Sin­gler gets fit

Kyle Sin­gler is known for a range of tech­niques to prep his body for bas­ket­ball, and as he of­ten does, the Thun­der for­ward added some­thing new this off­sea­son.

Sin­gler, who like Adams took part in the Thun­der Fit Clinic Thurs­day at Taft, said he kept his reper­toire mostly the same this sum­mer, but in ad­di­tion to his reg­u­lar reg­i­men — which in­cludes yoga and cup­ping ther­apy, a tech­nique to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion — there was a new wrin­kle.

It’s called Fire­brand, and it in­volves in­tense work­outs us­ing re­sis­tance ca­bles and a mov­ing plat­form sim­i­lar to the one em­ployed in Pi­lates. The Fire­brand fa­cil­ity is in Port­land, and Sin­gler spent much of his sum­mer with fam­ily in Ore­gon.

Sin­gler’s brother, E.J., who got mar­ried this sum­mer in Italy, turned him onto the Fire­brand work­outs.

“I don’t want to be stag­nant in my train­ing,” Sin­gler said. “I want to push my­self to ex­plore dif­fer­ent stuff. I’m in­ter­ested in how my body works and how it moves. With that, you’ve got to try new stuff.”

Fair play

Fans at­tend­ing the Ok­la­homa State Fair can get a taste of Thun­der flair.

The Thun­der Girls, Thun­der Drum­mers and Storm Chasers will en­gage with fans and hand out pocket sched­ules this week­end. The OG&E Thun­der­Bolt, an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes a photo booth, trivia sta­tion and more, will be set up at 14 Flags Plaza through Sun­day.

There also will be a Thun­der Shop with spe­cial pric­ing on Thun­der mer­chan­dise. The shop will be lo­cated at 14 Flags Plaza through Sept. 24.

The Storm Chasers will be on hand Fri­day from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Satur­day from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun­day 1-4 p.m.; the Thun­der Drum­mers from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Fri­day, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Satur­day and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Sun­day; and the Thun­der Girls from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on Fri­day, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Satur­day and noon-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sun­day.

[PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Ok­la­homa City cen­ter Steven Adams hud­dles with stu­dents at Taft Mid­dle School dur­ing Thurs­day’s Thun­der Fit Clinic. Adams spent part of his sum­mer at youth bas­ket­ball camps in his na­tive New Zealand.

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