All Blacks train with Steven Adams

Some of the All Blacks joined Steven Adams for a shootout in Wellington today. Photo / Instagram
Some of the All Blacks joined Steven Adams for a shootout in Wellington today. Photo / Instagram

Steven Adams joined the All Blacks in Wellington for a session on the basketball court today.

All Blacks players including Sam Whitelock, Elliot Dixon, Joe Moody, Nathan Harris and Tom Franklin joined the Kiwi NBA star for a shootout on the court.

Adams is taking a break in New Zealand after the US basketball season, which saw the Oklahoma City Thunder go head-to-head against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.

Over the weekend Adams was spotted in Rotorua - supporting his younger sister at a local netball match.

Netball Rotorua executive member Charleen Hicks, said everyone at the courts knew who he was and people young and old were lining up for his photograph.

"He just seemed to be enjoying himself and was just another local boy, so easy going and one of the crowd.

"Even we were like little girls we were so excited to see him. It's great he came over and watched his sister play. She is also quite a talented player too and her team's doing really well this season."

She said his humble manner and relaxed nature was shown by his causal attire - a puffer jacket, track pants and scuffs on his feet.

"It's not like he puts himself on a pedestal, he was just one of the crowd."

Adams made headlines around the sporting world this year for his tough, no-nonsense approach to basketball while playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

His team failed to make the finals of the competition, but Adams has received high praise from just about everyone in the world of basketball.

While Adams is enjoying taking a break in New Zealand, his mark has certainly been left on the city of Oklahoma.

Kiwi artist Graham Hoete has made a stop in Oklahoma City to spray-paint a huge mural of fellow New Zealander Adams just down the street from the arena where the Thunder play.

Hoete told NewsOk that he took to his Facebook page to find a wall he could paint on.

"I thought well, man, I'm going to the U.S. and he's just the man in New Zealand," Hoete said.

"I can't go to the U.S. and not do one of the bro.

"If I wouldn't have found a wall, I wouldn't have done it. So I'm stoked I have a wall."

- NZ Herald

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf02 at 26 Oct 2016 15:49:41 Processing Time: 701ms