• Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12) fights for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (40) during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday, May 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Oklahoma City won 108-102. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    New Zealand fans back Thunder’s Adams after ‘monkey’ comment

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Oklahoma City center Steven Adams is breaking new ground as a New Zealander succeeding at the top levels of the NBA, and the jubilation of his fans back home seemed little dimmed by his comments that caused a stir in the U.S.