How Steven Adams executed the perfect Kiwi road trip

Steven Adams showed his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates everything he could during a quick trip to New Zealand this winter. Photo / Oklahoma City Thunder Facebook
Steven Adams showed his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates everything he could during a quick trip to New Zealand this winter. Photo / Oklahoma City Thunder Facebook

As far as Kiwi road trips go, it doesn't get much better than Steven Adams'.

The NBA star, who could earn as much as US$15m ($22m) a year on a new contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, is quickly becoming one of New Zealand's most famous athletes.

However, he still has time for the small country he was born in. Whose population is only slightly higher than the state of Oklahoma in which he now lives.

Not only that, but he's still got time for the kids, the fans, and his hometown of Rotorua.

So, naturally, he brought over some of his Thunder teammates to show them why this is the best country on the planet.

From shooting hoops, to shooting targets, fish and chips, sheep, scenery and a visit to the Prime Minister's office, here's how his perfect Kiwi road trip played out.

The Welcome

Probably an unexpected arrival for his Thunder teammates, but a definite slice of nostalgia for Adams as his contingent was welcomed off the plane in traditional Kiwi fashion.

Sightseeing in Auckland

After a quick workout at the Breakers training facility, the boys went scenic. A nice trip out to Rangitoto gave them the perfect opportunity for some classic Kiwi snaps.

Steven's contingent of Thunder players, coaches, staff get the full Kiwi experience.

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New Zealand, you are beautiful. Steven, you have a good personality.

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Archery, Paintball and Singalongs

It doesn't sound very Kiwi, but dress 'em up in some Kiwi hunting gear, send 'em over to Tauranga, and suddenly you're looking the part.

And who can forget the car karaoke video that went viral online.

on the target! #StevenAdams #NickCollison

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How about a few rounds of New Zealand paintball for Steven/Nick/Dre?

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NZ road trip = awesome!

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Basketball Camps, Basically Everywhere

It's this sort of attitude that makes Adams one of most beloved athletes.

He was happy to help kids all over the country with their skills and frequently gave us moments that absolutely warmed our hearts.

Photo / Brett Phibbs.
Photo / Brett Phibbs.

Meeting the All Blacks

Of course.

Running the Country

Even if only for a few minutes, Steven sniped the Prime Ministers chair and looked exactly how he looks on the court; dominant and in charge.

The mates swing by to say hello to the Prime Minister. John Key calls Steven a New Zealand "hero"

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Queenstown and the South Island

What would a Kiwi road trip be without a trip to Queenstown?

The idyllic South Island location provided some of the best pics of the trip, including some more shooting, a ride on the shootover jet and some cheesy posing.

Finally, the Sheep Selfie

Roadtrip complete.

They produce tons and tons of Merino wool in the mountains near Queenstown but only one Steven Adams selfie! #sheepishgrin

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- NZ Herald

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