Expect a hairier Steven Adams in the next NBA season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre jokingly revealed that his new look for the 2016-17 season will emulate Star Wars character Chewbacca.

The New Zealander told ESPN.com's Royce Young of his plans.

Adams, with long hair and waxed moustache, became a cult hero during the Thunder's playoff run which ended at the hands of defending champions the Golden State Warriors, in game seven of the Western Conference finals on Monday (NZT).


Fans wore fake moustaches to support Adams and teammate Enes Kanter who are dubbed the 'Stache Brothers'.

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Asked whether he was aware of his risen fame back home in New Zealand, Adams said he heard basketball was becoming more popular and that's the main thing.

A more hirsute Steven Adams could be taking to the court next year. Photo / File
A more hirsute Steven Adams could be taking to the court next year. Photo / File

"I'm not sure about the fame bit but basketball is now becoming a really popular sport in New Zealand, which is great. Which is really good because then a lot of good things come out of it. You get scholarships and stuff like that. Easier head start in life. That's what I'm pushing and that's the only thing I care about. It's good to see that progress."

Adams also revealed to Young that he's still unsure if he'll travel to the Rio Olympics to support sister Valerie as she attempts to win shot put gold for a third straight Olympics.

Adams has already ruled himself out of the Tall Blacks campaign as they attempt to qualify for Olympics by winning a qualifying tournament in Manila next month.