Oklahoma City Thunder star Steven Adams swapped reading game plays for books when he crashed a reading time session at a US elementary school on Wednesday.
More than 50 pupils were graced by the presence of New Zealand's highest paid sportsman, who read "Rocket Write a Story" to the kids as part of the Thunder Read to Achieve program.
Fellow Thunder star Enes Kanter also went along and brought along two therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life Inc. which is an organisation that runs pet training programmes for service dogs and therapy dogs.
Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Steven Adams and Enes Kanter at Cleveland Elementary (Oklahoma City Thunder/Facebook)
Four-year-old Buddy, a normal-sized chocolate lab, was paired up with three-year-old Denali, a long-haired black 63kg beast Newfoundland which Adams described as looking "like a rug."
Adams says he enjoys doing events that have a good cause behind it.
"It's always fun to do any of these events because it's always a good cause," he says.
"And a lot of people just see the joy on your face, and they're just happy. Obviously, the ones with the kids I love more, because they're kids. It's just more, it feels cool."
The reading time finished with questions from the elementary school pupils including one kid asking: "Do you dab?"
"What's a dab? What is it?" Adams says.
A dab is a dance move made popular by the likes of Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton.
The pupils were more than happy to show Adams how to dab before the Thunder centre politely declined the dab.
As the pupils left out the door, Adams passed on some wise homegrown wisdom.
"Do your homework," he says.
"Eat your veggies.
"Clean your room."