Big-name rivals hold no fears for Adnam
TAKE one look at Sydney Kings guard Kyle Adnam and it would be easy to assume he was a professional surfer.
The blond-haired Adnam wouldn’t look out of place on the early morning waves at Bondi. Beyond his appearance, the Kings guard is highly respected for his dogged refusal never to back down – regardless of his opponent.
This was on display when he played for Melbourne in an NBA pre-season game against a star-studded Oklahoma City side last year.
Adnam marked up against Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, even dropping a threepointer in the All Star’s face.
“In the game I didn’t realise who I was defending, but then I saw the photo afterwards and I thought it was pretty cool,” Adnam said. “Russell is my younger brother’s favourite player, so he was impressed.
“Then a few days later it hit me and really sunk in. It is something I won’t forget, that is for sure.”
Adnam plans to use similar determination when the Kings take on the LA Clippers in Hawaii tomorrow morning from 11.30am.
“It is the Aussie spirit and the blueprint of our country, which is pretty cool,” he said.
“We are not going to back down from a challenge but a challenge it will be. But we are all in it for the fight.”
Adnam said the Australian league has done a tremendous job rebuilding the relationship with the world’s best basketball competition.
Kyle Adnam guards Russell Westbrook last year.