From NZ Herald:
There comes a day when every young man must leave the nest and that time has arrived for basketball phenomenon Steven Adams.
This weekend, the 2.15m (7 feet 1 inch) centre has departed New Zealand for the United States on a journey that could – and many say will – ultimately end with a spot in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Like any parent, adopted or otherwise, Blossom Cameron has mixed feelings about watching her boy walk through the departure gates at Wellington Airport. First stop is Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore, where he’ll spend a few months before heading to the University of Pittsburgh.
“He’s in a different phase of his life,” sighs Cameron. “Now I get to sit at home and worry whether someone else is feeding him properly. He’s changed a lot – he’s grown up and matured, but he’s still Steven.”
Cameron became Adams’ legal guardian when he was rescued from a potentially destructive lifestyle in Rotorua and brought to the capital to pursue his basketball dream.
While she clothed him, fed him and ensured he improved his grades at Scots College, American-born hoops mentor Kenny McFadden fine-tuned his obvious court talents and pulled the strings that have set him on his path to the big time….