Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams' act of airport humility praised on social media

  • 20/07/2022
Steven Adams.
Steven Adams. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams is being praised for his humble act, while back in New Zealand.

Memphis Grizzlies centre Adams, 29, is currently back in his homeland, with the NBA in its off-season until October.

And while waiting to fly to his hometown of Rotorua from Auckland, the near-seven-foot (2.13m) star showed his time in the US hasn't taken away from his Kiwi upbringing.

"At 7 foot, Steven Adams is hard to miss, despite being in full camouflage, looking like he was about to go pig hunting (in jandals)," Tim Alpe posted on LinkedIn.

"I saw him head up to the self-service food area and proceed to demo a hearty breakfast, befitting someone of his size.

"I then witnessed something really cool. After finishing his breakfast, he proceeded to take all his dirty dishes up to the kitchen and thank the staff personally.

"This is a man who earns $20m+ per annum, could fly private if he wanted and who could easily get used to people doing everything for him. Instead, here he is putting his dishes away, despite the lounge having staff who collect them from your table.

"I thought it was totally cool and just reiterated to me what a legend he is in so many ways - a real credit to Rotorua and New Zealand. 

"He is a perfect example of class having nothing to do with wealth and status. Being respectful and humble costs nothing, and goes a long way."

Since first being drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder, Adams has reached the NBA playoffs in seven of his nine seasons, also representing New Orleans Pelicans, before his move to the Grizzlies.