One less problem for Gilas as Thunder’s Steven Adams won’t play for New Zealand in Olympic Qualifier

New Zealand Thunder’s Steven Adams

The Philippine national men’s team has a minimum of one less drawback to suppose within the coming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament as Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams dominated himself out for the New Zealand squad.

Basketball New Zealand, the official basketball organisation of the country, declared the event on its official web site.

“I won’t be taking part within the Olympic competitions with the Tall Blacks this summer,” the seven-foot Adams same.

“This was a awfully tough call as I take tremendous pride in being a brand new Dane. The Tall Blacks organisation has been extraordinarily validatory and that we felt it absolutely was best to create AN announcement currently as preparations have already begun for the qualifying tournament and therefore the Games.”

Adams’ absence means New Zealand won’t have any NBA player within the Olympic qualifier slated on July five to July ten at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Kiwis have long been attempting to land the services of the 22-year-old Adams, United Nations agency is presently averaging career-highs (7.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks) in his third season within the NBA.

Before following his basketball career within the us, Adams once plied his exchange New Zealand’s native league, serving to the Wellington Saints win the title also as capturing the beginner of the Year award in 2011 at a young age of seventeen.

New Zealand coach Paul Henare same that whereas a “world-class” talent like Adams would have benefited him and therefore the Tall Blacks, he still vowed to assemble a formidable squad in Manila.

“Our focus immediately is on delivery along the strongest attainable cluster of players committed to carrying the black undershirt in urban center. The bright side here is that we’ve certainty timely, whereas not the solution we tend to wished, we will currently focus exclusively on delivery along a powerful cluster of players and finalising our build up campaign for the qualifying tournament in Manila,” Henare same.

The Filipinos can war New Zealand, once handled by current Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin, on July half-dozen within the cluster stages of the Olympic qualifier.