OKC's Steven Adams turns down World Cup to focus on Thunder

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Steven Adams has confirmed that he has chosen not to represent his native New Zealand at this summers FIBA basketball World Cup.

Speaking to the media at the close of his rookie season in the NBA, the combative Adams revealed that he plans to concentrate on his Oklahoma City Thunder career in the coming months.

In a move that will not come as a major shock to fans of Kiwi basketball Adams confirmed that he will take part in the NBA summer league rather than travelling to Spain with his national team.

The 20 year old gave fairly short shrift to the idea of representing New Zealand, answering with a definitive "no" when asked if he would be part of the World Cup team. 

After a fairly impressive debut season in the NBA, in which he was given more responsibility as the season progressed and showed signs of his effective, physical skill set on both sides of the ball, the Thunder player seems content to push on and build over the next few months in the United States ahead of next season.

Adams and the Thunder will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing end to their 2013-14 campaign which saw OKC fall one step short of the NBA Finals after losing 4-2 to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals playoff series.

Do not fear New Zealanders, the player hasn't turned his back on his home country. In his interview Adams talked enthusiastically about the crazy support he gets back home, whilst giving a nod to the countries superior weather compared to Oklahoma.

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