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Basketball superstar Steven Adams meets the All Blacks in Wellington


Basketball star Steve Adams catches up with the All Blacks in Wellington.

Basketball star Steve Adams catches up with the All Blacks in Wellington.

Basketball star Steven Adams and some of the All Blacks caught up in Wellington, where they shot baskets.

Adams, who plays center for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, graduated from high school at nearby Scots College and is back in his adopted hometown to attend the Wellington Sports Awards on Wednesday night.

Adams, 22, who is 2.13 meters tall, is nominated in the Sportsman of the Year category which also includes former All Black Ma’a Nonu.

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Steven Adams, left, faces off with Stephen Curry in the NBA playoffs.

He towered over Sam Whitelock, who at 2.03 meters made John Key look tiny during the Rugby World Cup.

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Samuel Whitelock towers over New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Twickenham.

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The All Blacks are in Wellington to prepare for Saturday’s test match against Wales at Westpac Stadium.

Sam Whitelock, Nathan Harris, Joe Moody, Elliot Dixon, and Tom Franklin were among the players to meet Adams at ASB Sports Center in Kilbirnie and play some basketball.

“I want to have the chance to watch Steven Adams train. Actually, I’m not that small. Drenched on him twice, don’t ask him, he’s just going to deny it,” Dixon said later.

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