Steven Adams loved every minute of having more New Zealanders in town.
The Oklahoma City Thunder centre had a huge smile on his face when he took the floor against the Breakers in a pre-season game in his adopted hometown.
He responded on the court too, with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Adams reveled in having the New Zealand national anthem played, almost certainly for the first time at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"It was good aye, yeah I was singing along," he said after the game.
"I thought they were going to do the Maori and then the English, but I sung the Maori version.
"It was good, actually a real honour."
Post-match he spoke fondly of the Breakers and their systems as a whole, even bragging about having beaten opposite centre Rob Loe, a man he could be seen chatting to on court as the game went on, in a previous life.
"I beat him in Under-21's in New Zealand, I remember that when I was 17."
He clearly enjoyed the Kiwi experience, which makes it hard to understand why he still won't play for the Tall Blacks.
When asked about the possibility of playing with the New Zealand contingent of the Breakers in the black singlet in the future.
"Oh that's for another day mate, let's just have this day for the Breakers."
It's a hard pill to swallow when New Zealand's best player won't play for their national side.
Imagine if Beauden Barrett, despite New Zealand Rugby begging him to, refused to play for the All Blacks?
During my short stay in Oklahoma City to cover this game, one thing is very clear - Steven Adams is an incredible ambassador for New Zealand.
The man has turned a whole city into fans of Kiwis.
OKC general manager Sam Presti says their organisation, which is considered one of the best run in the NBA, has adopted Adams' culture, which is effectively New Zealand's culture.
Adams spent the two days that the Breakers were in town explaining how the game was a huge opportunity not just for the Breakers, but a chance to showcase New Zealand talents.
The guy is so proud of where he comes from, and nobody can and ever should try to take that away from him.
But it becomes so disheartening when Adams chooses not to talk about the Tall Blacks or why he won't play for the side.
In his autobiography My Life, My Fight , Adams expresses distaste for Basketball New Zealand and their lack of funding for juniors to get to out of town appointments.
But it's hard to believe that that, at least ten years on, is stopping the country's player from donning the black singlet.
No one could ever replicate what Adams has done for basketball in New Zealand and to a lesser extent the country as whole.
Most of the New Zealand public would likely be pretty understanding of the reason why Adams won't play for the Tall Blacks, after all he's done - how could we complain?
But it's the not knowing that's turning New Zealand fans against him - to question his loyalty to the country.
And until he answers it, that anger will grow.