Steven Adams has been labelled as "delightful" after charming reporters in a media zoom call ahead of the resumption of the NBA season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder centre is currently preparing for the restart of the NBA season on July 30 and fielded a range of questions from American reporters, where he discussed spending some of his time off at his farm in New Zealand, preparing for the NBA restart and practicing his basketball skills with his cows.
After starting out the media conference by making fun of a Thunder staffer's grey hair, Adams opened up about his time in New Zealand during the worldwide sporting shutdown, saying he enjoyed spending time with family, mates and his cows.
"I think that's everyone's first instinct to do when there's a world crisis going on – spend some time back on the farm," he joked. "Cows are doing good, mate."
Apart from sneaking in a few games of pickup basketball while back home, Adams said he also managed to get some practice done at the farm: "I was boxing out cows and all that bro."
When asked about whether he thought twice about returning to the U.S. for the restart of the season because of safety, he said he "always imagined that I would come back".
"Yes and no because of the amount of effort and just how well they packaged the whole Orlando thing," he said. "They're taking all the right precautions and they're going through all the things. It's a safe environment that they're creating. It didn't cross my mind. I just didn't even think about it.
"I was expecting the season to come back up. Every day that I was over there I was like 'something will pop up, the season's going to go'. That was a long time bro. It's been a long stretch. It's unbelievable.
"But I always imagined that I would come back. It would've been kind of empty not finishing the season. Every player feels like that too. If you ask any player, obviously every player wants to play."
The 26-year-old also praised New Zealand's efforts in dealing with the pandemic.
"There were a few hiccups, but New Zealanders are generally quite compliant with the rules. We're a smaller country and our borders are more easily managed. The approach was right at the start: go hard and kick its butt."
He said he was excited to get back to business and believed his Thunder side has an advantage when it comes to team chemistry.
"I'm betting on our team."