Basketball New Zealand and the Tall Blacks have been informed that Steven Adams will be unavailable to play for the Tall Blacks this year as they prepare for and play in a FIBA Rio Olympic Games qualifying tournament in July.
“I will not be participating in the Olympic competitions with the Tall Blacks this summer,” said Adams. “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.”
Source: Basketball New Zealand
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