Local basketballer pitching for Steven Adams to play Rotorua Tall Blacks game
Local basketball players have launched a bid to have the US$100 million NBA star Steven Adams return home to play for the Tall Blacks in Rotorua
Hundreds of Rotorua basketball players and fans are hoping Steven Adams will return to his hometown of Rotorua for the upcoming Tall Blacks vs. Hong Kong game in June.
The nearly 1900 playing members (just over 1700 of which are our youth basketballers) strong local club are hoping to entice Adams home on his off season from the Oklahoma City Thunder club by running a #comehomesteven social media campaign through their Facebook page.
On 31 October 2016, Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Thunder.
The Rotorua Basketball Association in conjunction with the schools are planning a series of different video’s that will include its members of all ages shouting “Come home Steve” and are hoping they will go viral and make their way to Steven Adams attention.
The public can get involved by sharing photos of their own basketball skills by tagging Rotorua Basketball Facebook page and include the #comehomesteven hashtag onto their posts
Rotorua Basketball Association Development Co-ordinator, Sue Pene, believes having these high-level games playing in Rotorua is inspiring for young players, with a number of them wishing to aspire to what Steve has achieved.
“It would be a great opportunity to watch their basketball idols in action and to have Steve there would mean the world to them,” says Mrs Pene.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) games Tall Blacks vs. Hong Kong game will take place at Rotorua Energy Events Centre on Thursday 28 June 2018. Tickets are on sale at
Steven Adams has not yet confirmed whether he will be in New Zealand when the game takes place.