Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is hardly one to shy away from contact on the basketball court.
But unlike many of his peers, the seven-footer from New Zealand isn’t known to participate in talking trash. That is, until an encounter with Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas.
Steven Adams has a book out right now under the name My Life, My Fight, and based on the excerpts that have already been released, one could tell that it’s packed with tasty details and interesting info about the life Adams on and off the court.
Among those passages is an interesting and hilarious story by Adams about that one time when he finally got to make Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas stop talking junk, per James Herbert of CBS Sports.
“Perhaps my new signing was a boost to my confidence because I decided to properly respond to trash talk for the first and last time. Jonas Valanciunas from the Raptors was ripping into me all game, totally aggro. When he asked for a fight for the hundredth time, I finally turned to him and said, ‘You don’t want to mess with me. You use a knife and fork to eat your food. I use my hands.’ He didn’t know how to respond to that because it was so dumb, but it got him to shut up for a while, so I guess it worked. I decided to retire from trash-talking after that game and go out on a win.”
The game Adams is referring to is their meeting, on March 16, 2017, one in which Adams got the better of Valanciunas, holding the Lithuanian to just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting.
The following season, Adams would again get the better of the Raptors’ starting center:
Check out Steven Adams’ celebration after he puts Jonas Valanciunas on a poster ???
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Adams’ new book chronicles his improbable path to the NBA and features several great anecdotes on current and former teammates.