Big-name ri­vals hold no fears for Ad­nam

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - BASKETBALL - MATT LOGUE

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.

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