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Oklahoma City Thunder C Steven Adams apologizes for comments

By The Sports Xchange
Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12).celebrates with Andre Roberson (21) and Dion Waiters (3) after upsetting the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on May 16, 2016. The Thunder defeated the Warriors 108-102. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/c7e4bd270e89157420afaaa9a2d3bf1f/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12).celebrates with Andre Roberson (21) and Dion Waiters (3) after upsetting the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on May 16, 2016. The Thunder defeated the Warriors 108-102. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams apologized for making a derogatory remark about the Golden State Warriors' guards.

Adams, who is from New Zealand, referred to Golden State guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as "quick little monkeys" during a postgame interview after the Thunder's 108-102 victory in Monday's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

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Adams later learned that the remarks were offensive and issued an apology to USA Today.

"It was just a poor choice of words, mate," Adams said. "I wasn't thinking straight. I didn't know it was going to upset anyone, but I'm truly sorry. It was just a poor choice of words. I was just trying to express how difficult it was chasing those guys around."

The 22-year-old Adams, who came to the United States in 2012 to play college basketball at Pittsburgh, cited cultural differences as being partly to blame.

"It's just different, mate," Adams said. "Different words, different expressions, and stuff like that. But they obviously can be taken differently, depending on which country you're in. I'm assimilating, mate, still trying to figure out the boundaries. But I definitely overstepped them."

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