Mystery surrounds $6 million basketball facility linked to NBA star Steven Adams
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It is believed that Steven Adams of the Memphis Grizzlies owns a property in Wellington, which he plans to turn into a basketball center.
A mystery surrounds a Wellington property linked to Kiwi basketball star Steven Adams, which he reportedly plans to convert into grounds for training camps.
An Auckland-based company bought the $6 million industrial space on the Centennial Freeway in March 2018. It was reported that the former trampoline park was to become a base for Central Memphis basketball camps Grizzlies. Workers reportedly signed non-disclosure agreements.
Since then, there have been no official updates on the development of Adams’ camp.
The Sports Pathways Trust, the charity that runs Adams’ basketball camps, said it had nothing to do with the facility. The trust lost its charitable status in March after failing to file annual returns as required by the Charities Act.
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Chairman Spencer Webster said the trust was “separate from Steven’s personal affairs.” An administrative problem is the reason annual returns have not been filed, he said.
There was no contractor or construction visible on site when Thing visited Friday.
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A person exiting the building said he worked for the government, but could not answer any questions.
Vulcan Trustee (NZ) Limited, the company that owns the property, has only one director – Martina Evans. She is a tax consultant and director of an Auckland accounting firm, Roberts & Associates. She declined to comment.
Wellington Saints manager Phil Hartley said he didn’t know anything new about the development.
Adams is now playing with his Memphis Grizzlies against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA playoff conference semifinals.
A request for comment sent to Adams through the Grizzlies media team went unanswered.