Thunder: Steven Adams reflects on departures of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on The Lowe Post podcast
Thunder center Steven Adams was the latest guest on The Lowe Post podcast, hosted by ESPN's Zach Lowe.
Adams and Lowe discussed a variety of topics in the 46-minute episode, including how Adams handled the departures of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, his upbringing in rural New Zealand and his secret draft workout with the Thunder.
Adams shared several stories from his book, "My Life, My Fight: Rising up from New Zealand to the OKC Thunder."
Listen to the full episode. Here are a few highlights from Adams:
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On Westbrook being traded to Houston: "He called me before it was even going down I think. Just gave me the heads up and all that sort of stuff. Cause you've got the business side of things, right? Everyone always says the same thing, 'Oh, it's a business.' But I don't know how many players actually buy into that concept. But your friendship goes beyond the business side of things. In terms of handling it you're just like, 'Oh, well. That's surprising. It's an interesting move. I hope it all works out well.'"
On if he took it easy on Westbrook when the Thunder faced the Rockets: "Not at all. Can't do that. That's disrespectful, for one. From all the years of his teachings to just go easy on him just cause he was a teammate, yeah, that's not good. I will say, I will foul him before he hits the launchpad. One-hundred percent. I don't want to risk it. Cause I know in his mind he's like, 'Yeah, I'm gonna crack one on Steven.' I know that's what he's thinking, 100 percent. He always does those sorts of things."
On if Warriors forward Draymond Green intentionally kicked him below the belt in the 2016 Western Conference Finals: "Umm, that's a tough one. Nah, nah, he didn't. I think he wanted to flail. He intentionally wanted to flail. But I don't think like, 'Ah, let me just pinpoint this shin right into old mate's crown jewels.' You know what I mean? I don't think he thought that. He thought, 'There's contact, flail, bang.' Twice. In the same series."
On having no ill will toward Durant for leaving in the summer of 2016, but writing in his book that he would have handled the exit differently: "It's the communication part of it. People are gonna be upset regardless. But they can still respect you in the sense that you kind of respect the relationship that you guys built, if that makes sense. Not that I take it too personally myself, because my time with him was limited, and it's also like he's older, I'm younger sort of thing. So I don't really like to try and criticize him for the thing. But I was just saying, if I was in his situation, any sort of relationship that I would've built up, I probably would've let them know first. Just gives them a heads up. Or even afterward, even after the whole deal like, 'Hey bro, yada, yada, yada.'"
On if he's talked to Durant much since then: "No, not at all. I sent him a message on Facebook, but I don't think he uses Facebook."