One of the highest-ranking members of basketball royalty, LeBron James, has given massive praise to Kiwi Steven Adams.
Lebron’s Los Angeles Lakers beat Adams’ Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 122 - 121, a very close game. In James’ opinion, our Steve had a lot to do with the small margin.
“They have probably nine guys over 6’8, 6’9… you spend a lot of time keying in on [Memphis’s point guard] Ja Morant, you got two guys flying at him trying to get a contest,” LeBron said in the post-game press conference.
“Then you got the strongest guy in the NBA in Steven Adams under there battling vs guards. You’re going to lose that battle 100/100 times.”
“The last game they played against Cleveland they actually won on a second-chance point by Steven Adams. Because two guys went at Ja Morant’s and Steven Adams couldn’t be blocked out even by Evan Mobley,” LeBron added.
In case you weren't aware, Steve did hit a game-winner against the Cavaliers thanks to out muscling everyone. LeBron James knows ball.
Despite losing to LeBron, Steve had an absolutely monster game. The Grizzlies actually had the most second-chance points (points made after a teammate missed a field goal) in the last 25 years, spearheaded by Steve’s eight offensive rebounds and 16 points (shoutout to Funaki Stats, a whole Twitter page dedicated to informing people of Steven Adams' greatness).
The game was extremely close, and some great players had great individual games, but the game's biggest story came at halftime.
FOX TV analyst and former Superbowl winning, pro-bowl tight-end Shannon Sharpe was talking smack to Ja Morant’s father and the Memphis team. The Grizzlies, known to run their mouths, did not take this lightly and confronted Sharpe leading to a “skirmish”.
Steve was part of this “skirmish” but, as LeBron could have told you, no one was truly messing with him.
Steven Adams and the Grizzlies currently sit second in the Western Conference with a record of 31 wins and 14 losses and are seen as title contenders around the league.