Stephen Adams reveals 'favorite memory' as member of Grizzlies

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This past Thursday, the Memphis Grizzlies made the gut-wrenching decision to trade beloved big man Steven Adams to the Houston Rockets, a move that is believed to have been heavily influenced by the front office's desire to create more salary flexibility and add extra draft assets to their arsenal ahead of a 2024 offseason where they hope "to fortify a contender."

In the days since the surprise move, fans, media pundits, and players alike have gone on record sharing their thoughts on the deal, fun stories, and overall kind words about the veteran center.

Grind City Media's Jessica Benson chimed in by posting a sentimental clip from a preseason interview she held with Adams on her X (previously Twitter) profile, where the 30-year-old was seen sharing what his favorite memory had been during his time with the Grizzlies.

Steven Adams reveals favorite Grizzlies memory in recently surfaced clip

"It's a recurring memory, it happens all the time. When we win a game or something and the team sticks around afterward and everyone... hypes up and jumps in front of the camera after the game. It's cool... Because it's celebrating a win [and] wins are important and you've got to have fun with them and celebrate them."

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Adams would laugh as he continued on with his story, saying he's a "bit of a loner" and that, while his teammates would be dancing around in their celebration, he would add his own spin into the mix by simply waving -- an unsurprising act for the no-nonsense Kiwi.

Through two and a half seasons in Memphis (did not suit up for this campaign as he opted for season-ending knee surgery back in October), Adams established himself as one of the game's best offensive rebounding talents, nabbing 4.8 a game and boasted an astounding offensive rebounding percentage of 18.7 along the way.

As a whole, he wraps up his tenure with impressive averages of 7.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and just shy of a block on 56.7 percent shooting from the floor.

While he may not have been a "star" player in the technical sense of the word, Steven Adams was a treasured part of this Grizzlies organization during their two-straight Southwest Division Championship runs from 2021-2023 and will be missed from all who associate with the Grind City community.