Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. After playing one season with his hometown team Wellington Saints in 2011, Adams moved to the United States in 2012 to play college basketball for Pittsburgh (source: wiki).
A recent piece by ESPN‘s Royce Young highlights Adams’ reputation as the NBA’s resident Brinks truck, with Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks dubbing him “the strongest, most physical guy in the league,” and Philadelphia 76ers star Jimmy Butler accusing Adams of being from Krypton.
Adams recently got down to talking about hat makes him so effective according to a recent article:
Adams has a “next level of strength” which stems in part from his ability to “get real low to the ground (and take) up a lot of space.”
Adams also says he gleams tactics from jiu-jitsu. While he’s not allowed to practice it due to the risk of injury it presents, jiu-jitsu is a sport where small changes in angles and leverage are often the difference between victory and defeat.
“I don’t think I am actually stronger than most guys. It’s weird. I understand how to move and where they’re getting their power from so I take that away. But like if it was a power match, I’d probably lose. Anything power related where they have everything they need and I’ve maxed out everything I need, I’ll probably lose,” Adams said in a 2018 interview. “I watch a lot of jiu-jitsu. Big fan of it. That’s about where your base is and where you generate power from. Kinda use that.”
Adams has been seen using body-on-body drills as part of his warm-up routine, which makes sense given the physical combat he faces during games.
Steven Adams doesn’t think he’s stronger than other players, but uses principles of jiu-jitsu to find leverage: pic.twitter.com/RnpNhuAB06
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 15, 2018
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