Steve Adams makes himself unavailable for NZ
"I will not be participating in the Olympic competitions with the Tall Blacks this summer," said Adams in a statement.
"This was a very difficult decision as I take tremendous pride in being a New Zealander. The Tall Blacks organisation has been extremely supportive and we felt it was best to make an announcement now as preparations have already begun for the qualifying tournament and the Games."
Henare said Adams had ruled himself out of this year's campaign due to " his commitments and uncertainty around that time" − even though the NBA Finals conclude on June 19 at the latest, several weeks before the qualifying tournament (July 4-10). Also, the Thunder are, at best, a long shot to make it that far given the play of Golden State and San Antonio in the Western Conference.
Asked about what the Kiwi public might make of Adams ruling himself out of playing for a country he continues to say he's proud to represent in the NBA, while veteran Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs has already committed to playing in Manila with the French team, despite a baby being born around that time, Henare's response was a pointed one.Full story
"I can't speak for other people's opinions and how they'll look at that. Everyone has their own reasons. I know Tony Parker has been part of that French national team since he was 16 years old.