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Being 7 feet tall, Steven Adams has blessed with the body built for basketball. His background, though, is less hoops oriented. Adams was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, and didn't play competitive basketball until he was 13, after the death of his father.

"I just realized that I needed to work hard at something and be the best at it," Adams says. "I decided to make something out of playing basketball."

Adams, one of 18 siblings, arrived in the United States last year to finish high school, and was surprised to find how basketball players of his caliber, even at his age, were already being treated like full-fledged celebrities.

"It's super weird," he said, "especially for a kid my age. At home you only get this treatment if you're a super celebrity."

To Adams, the difference is staggering between how he's treated in the United States and at home where he rarely gets requests for autographs or interviews.

"Ever since I've been here, it's just been media, rah rah, media; I'm still getting used to it," he said. "At first I was real nervous, mumbling; I didn't know what to say. I never thought it would be like this. It's crazy."

Participating in events like the Jordan Brand Classic, an annual high school all-star game now in its 11th season, has helped Adams acclimate to the culture here and even learn to enjoy it.

"It can be quite fun," he said, "but sometimes I think it's too much attention for people my age. We're still high school players."

Adams played just 17 minutes in the Jordan game -- the least of any player
on either team -- but managed 4 points and 9 rebounds, as well as a steal and a block, for the victorious West.

Adams, who will attend Pittsburgh next season, said he is more focused on improving his game with the Panthers than eyeing the NBA and enjoying the life of a student.

"I'm making sure I don't miss anything now," he said.

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Looks like swimming the English Channel was just the beginning for Philippe Croizon, a French athlete and quadruple amputee. Two years after that 21-mile, 14-hour swim, the unstoppable Croizon has announced plans to swim around the world.

According to Fox Sports, Croizon and his friend Arnaud Chassery, an accomplished swimmer, plan to start their feat this May, beginning in the northern hemisphere with a swim between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Next, the two friends will cross the Red Sea between Jordan and Egypt. Their journey will take them to the Strait of Gibraltar between Africa and Europe, before a final swim across the Bering Strait between America and Asia in August, with the goal of encouraging tolerance around the world.

"We will be campaigning to encourage a different attitude to disability, especially in the undeveloped world," said Croizon, quoted in The Independent.

You might be wondering how Croizon, 44, has become such an accomplished swimmer. Five years after he was electrocuted while changing a TV antenna on his roof, he was determined to start swimming. He engineered his own method with short leg prostheses and flippers, combined with upper-body strength. He had dreamed about swimming the English Channels childhood. No one thought he could do it, but in 2010, with the help of his new friend Chassery, Croizon became the first limbless person to swim the English Channel.

Still, it wasn't enough.

"When you've had a high dose of that sort of feeling, it becomes a drug, you can't get over it," he said during a press conference. "When the Channel's over, you say 'Blimey, I'm not going to back to the sofa, I don't want to go back there, I got up from the sofa. I don't want to become a sofa-bound athlete.' That's how the new adventure started."

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By Darren Rovell
CNBC.com

In 2008, San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert was leaping up the draft boards thanks in part to a video posted on YouTube that showed him jumping out of a pool. Gilbert, who has only played in four games to date, was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Buffalo Bills.

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This year's video that is making the rounds comes courtesy of Justin Bethel, a defensive back from Presbyterian, who can be seen here jumping onto boxes that are said to be stacked five feet in the air.

"That night, we were showing how our weightlifting coach, coach Taylor, had helped us get stronger," Bethel told CNBC SportsBiz. "We were just showing off to the fans, the local people. We had some volleyball players in there and they had seen me work out before and they had seen me do these box jumps."

The next thing Bethel knew he was being asked to do it in front of a crowd. "I'm like, 'I guess I'm going to go ahead and do it," Bethel said. "I didn't know how high the boxes were."

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Amar'e Stoudemire, who has kept a low profile since being sidelined with a bulging disk in his back, told ThePostGame that he will be back in the Knicks' lineup Friday in Cleveland.

Out since March 24, Stoudemire went into greater detail about his status and the Knicks in a video he released at the same time.

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Scary.

It can describe the future of a world-class athlete after a diagnosis that could've ended her track days. Instead, Sanya Richards-Ross pushed past the pain to win a gold and bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Now scary describes her potential.

Six months ago, Richards-Ross began working with a new doctor who believes that her diagnosis of Behcet's Syndrome five years ago was incorrect.

"I've been treated for a different disease and I'm doing a lot better," she says. "I don't want to say I have a new diagnosis yet, but I'm very optimistic that this doctor is right."

Now off the Behcet's medication and on a new treatment regime, the fatigue and other symptoms that hindered her training and sapped her energy before big meets are under much better management.

Richards-Ross says there is nothing that will prevent her from putting her all into making the U.S. Track and Field team that's headed to London this summer.

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