The Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams very well may be one of the NBA's nicest guys, despite his intimidating looks, as not a bad word has been said about Adams around the league since he entered it in the 2013 NBA draft.
But after releasing a new book this past week, perception of the New Zealand bigman may have changed, primarily from former teammate and Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson.
In excerpts posted on Twitter, parts of the book show Adams calling Jackson a 'fool' for thinking he could take Russell Westbrook's starting job at point guard for the Thunder, and that the rest of the team 'forgot about him pretty quickly' after he was traded to Detroit.
Jackson was with the Thunder from 2011 until 2015, playing one and a half seasons with Adams in OKC, and starting for the squad for a period of time in 2013 after Westbrook went down with injuries.
Reggie played well enough -- in his mind at least -- where he felt he could still hold on to the starting PG role once Russ returned from injury, and when things didn't go his way, the relationship between player and team quickly broke down, according to ESPN's Royce Young.
Jackson's standing with the Thunder was "deteriorating throughout the season" in part because of his refusal to play in a November game because he was upset about not being traded.
"We have a chance of winning a championship and if Reggie is not here we still have a chance of winning a championship," Westbrook told reporters after Jackson was shipped out of Oklahoma City.
Jackson's time in Detroit has been a rocky one, as he's never really been able to be the breakout point guard the Pistons were hoping he'd be when they traded for him three years ago.