My Life, My Fight: Rising Up from New Zealand to the OKC Thunder

My Life, My Fight: Rising Up from New Zealand to the OKC Thunder

by Steven Adams

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Overview

"My fight is what I call my need to be better all the time. Every day I wake up and want to be better at basketball. Then every day I go to the gym and work towards it. My fight is what keeps me alive."

Steven Adams shares the unlikely story behind his indomitable sense of determination and his journey from Rotorua, New Zealand to stardom in the NBA. Adams overcame extreme odds to become a first-round prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he signed a major contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder--making him New Zealand's highest-paid athlete ever--and went on to forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball.

Adams takes you inside the draft process from the fascinating whirlwind tour of pre-draft workouts with dozens of teams to the draft itself where dreams are made or dashed and the Gatorade bottles on every table are glued shut. He reveals what it's like to be a rookie in the league, getting pushed around and elbowed--or worse. He takes the court alongside superstars like Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant; and matches up against legendary big men like Tim Duncan, DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard, and Draymond Green. Adams recounts the Thunder's rise through the victories and the heartbreaks and how the resilient team has a bright future ahead.

In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot center also reflects on his humble upbringing as one of fourteen children, the impact of his father's death when he was just thirteen, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, and what basketball means to him. Told with warmth, humor, and humility, My Life, My Fight is a gripping account from an emerging superstar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316491464
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 182,137
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Steven Adams is the starting center for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Born in Rotorua, New Zealand, Adams moved to Wellington at the age of thirteen and began playing basketball. He went on to play college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, earning Big East All-Rookie Team honors before declaring for the NBA draft. Adams was selected by the Thunder in the first round of the 2013 draft, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in his first season. Now in his sixth season with the Thunder, Adams has played in two Western Conference Finals and is one of only three players in franchise history with over 3,000 points and 350 blocks.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Draft Night 7

1 Everything Stinks 17

2 Dad Gets Sick 35

3 The Funeral 45

4 A Second Chance 52

5 New Kid in Town 61

6 National Champions 76

7 Make or Break 83

8 Born to Run in the USA 99

9 Ready for the Big Leagues 114

10 Pre-draft Workout Diary 123

11 A New Home in Middle America 133

12 Small Fish in a Big Pond 141

13 Small Fish in a Bigger Pond 158

14 Injuries Are a Bitch 175

15 Say a Prayer for my Testicles 209

16 Mr. Triple-Double 225

17 The Complete Thoughts of Russell Westbrook on his Good Friend and Teammate Steven Adams 239

18 The New Big Three 240

19 What Now? 250

Glossary 263

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