Steven Adams has made a name for himself by being the strongest guy in the NBA - a league full of the biggest and best athletes in the world - and apparently he does it without even pumping iron.
One of the best players in the NBA and a former teammate of Steven’s, Paul George AKA PG, has revealed that Steve sets bone-shattering screens, picks up and carries 7ft tall humans, and gained the “strongest guy in the NBA” label from LeBron James, while not even lifting weights.
“You get hit by Steven Adams and your bell is rung,” George said on his podcast ‘Podcast P’.
“He’s one of those dudes that don’t lift weights, he does not lift weights. He’s just naturally strong.”
PG played with Adams for three years while both were on the Oklahoma City Thunder, so he’s a trusted source. The topic of Adams came up as George was listing the top five role players he’s ever played with.
A role player is a player on a team whose job is basically to do one or two things to make the stars', such as George, lives easier on the court. Steve’s role is to do the dirty work - get rebounds, set screens, and occasionally finish off possessions with an easy basket inside.
PG picked Steve to be his centre in his role-player team as he excels at the jobs listed above, even saying Steve is “one of the best screeners I have ever played with”.
Adams, now playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, has not been able to show off his physical prowess since January as he’s been sidelined with a knee injury.
The NBA post-season begins in under a week and there is still no word on whether Adams will be ready to go. The last update on him was earliler this week, saying he will get an MRI scan and if it comes back clean will begin to ramp up in preparation to play.