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Steven Adams talks about Dennis Rodman amid his historic rebounding season: “I just stand there”

Steven Adams pointed out the negative aspect of getting too many offensive rebounds.
Steven Adams talks about Dennis Rodman amid historic rebounding season: “I just stand there”

Steven Adams is the leader in offensive rebounding in the NBA

Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams now holds the record for most offensive rebounds in a single season with 334. It is a significant milestone that effectively puts Adams among the greatest rebounders in history. However, Adams doesn't want to be mentioned in the same sentence as the great Dennis Rodman.

I just stand there

After breaking the record, which Zach Randolph previously held (he had 330 offensive rebounds in the 2009-10 season), Adams tried to explain how he snags so many offensive rebounds. If you know the Kiwi's antics, you know how frank and sarcastic he can be in media interviews.

"Just stand on the opposite side they're shooting, typically the ball will bounce that far. That's as basic as it goes," Adams said, per 1 News.

"You can go into the Dennis Rodman major science. He's talking about the rotations of the ball... he's wild bro, different level. He's wild, mate. I'm too stupid for that, mate. I don't have enough brain cells for that one, brother. I just stand there."

Props to Adams for knowing his basketball history. There is a good reason why Rodman is considered one of the greatest rebounders in history. As The Worm explained in the sports documentary The Last Dance, depending on who's shooting the ball, he would know exactly where the rock would go if ever the shot misses.

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There's even a story about Rodman on how he didn't participate in pre-game warm-up drills. Instead, Rodman observes his teammates shoot jump shots, studying where the ball would bounce off in case of a miss.

Recipe for success

Adams noted that snagging those offensive rebounds is not necessarily good. After all, this means that his teammates are not hitting their shots at an efficient clip.

"I'd prefer not to get as many, because it means we're missing too many bloody shots mate," Adams said.

Numbers reveal that the Grizzlies are shooting at a decent 46.1 percent from the field, which ranks 17th among 30 NBA teams. Adams knows that in a basketball game, the team with the most points at the final buzzer wins. So obviously, it helps if a team can shoot the ball at an efficient rate.

However, shooting is just one aspect of the game. The Grizzlies are the best rebounding team in the league, with 49.4 rebounds per game. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Grizzlies are one of the top teams in the West. Whether on offense or defense, rebounding the ball means giving your team more opportunities to have another shot at the basket. On the flip side of the coin, it limits your opponent's scoring chances.

Adams may be all fun and jokes, but like Rodman, he has also broken down rebounding to a precise science. And it has benefitted his team immensely. 

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