Thursday will be the first time he plays against the Thunder in his career. Over his first season seasons in the NBA, Adams grew into a fan-favorite in Oklahoma City.
The video posted to Twitter captured some of his play on court and the personality off that made fans grow to love him, including classic lines like “How good are animals, eh? So much better than humans” and, with fellow mustached Thunder player Enes Kanter next to him, “We are the stache brothers and we approve this message.”
Oklahoma City traded him this offseason as part of the rebuild in which they sent away most of the veteran players on the team. In exchange, the Thunder got acquired George Hill, Darius Miller and Kenrich Williams; Zylan Cheatham and Josh Gray, who have been waived; a future first-round pick via the Denver Nuggets, a 2023 second-round pick via the Washington Wizards and a 2024 second-round pick via the Charlotte Hornets.
While his homecoming won’t feature the fans in the audience, it will be an emotional experience for those who spent the better part of the last decade watching the Big Kiwi play in Thunder colors.