During a postgame interview Monday night, following the OKC Thunder’s 108-102 upset victory in Oakland, Steven Adams called the Golden State Warriors’ backcourt players “quick little monkeys.”

The big fella, who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win, apologized afterwards explaining that he was simply trying to describe how difficult it is to keep track of the Dubs’ guards.

Adams says it was a poor choice of words:

“It was just a poor choice of words, mate,” Adams told USA TODAY Sports. “I wasn’t thinking straight. I didn’t know it was going to upset anyone, but I’m truly sorry. It was just a poor choice of words. I was just trying to express how difficult it was chasing those guys around.”

 

Adams, who came to America to attend the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, said differences in dialect were, in part, to blame.

 

“It’s just different, mate,” he said. “Different words, different expressions, and stuff like that. But they obviously can be taken differently, depending on which country you’re in. I’m assimilating, mate, still trying to figure out the boundaries. But I definitely overstepped them tonight.”