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Stiemsma looking to be defensive presence


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When Pelicans Coach Monty Williams spoke to Greg Stiemsma in early July about the possibility of the free agent coming to New Orleans, it was déjà vu all over again for the two men. Almost exactly one year earlier, Williams and Stiemsma had a similar conversation, but the 6-foot-11 center opted to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This time, Williams got the answer he was looking for from the Wisconsin native, who officially became a Pelican on July 10. But first, the fourth-year coach couldn’t resist giving his new player a little good-natured ribbing.

“He said he was happy that I made the right decision this year,” Stiemsma said of his phone call with Williams. “We joked about it and had a few laughs about how close we were last year (to Stiemsma signing with New Orleans).”

... For his part, Stiemsma says he’s comfortable with the role he’s been given in his previous two NBA stops with Boston and Minnesota. He’s compiled career averages of 3.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 15.1 minutes. Williams’ defense-first approach was one of the reasons Stiemsma weighed signing with New Orleans for two consecutive offseasons.

“Defense has been my go-to, my foundation,” Stiemsma said. “When you get a coach who appreciates guys who play defense and preaches that from Day 1, that’s a team I want to be part of. First and foremost, I’m a rim protector. I block shots and defend the paint. I have a defensive presence and mind-set, and try to make sure nothing comes easy (for opponents).

“On the offensive end, I try to be solid, knock down 15- and 17-foot jump shots, take care of the ball, make the extra pass, set good screens, get the other guys open and clean up on the boards. I’m definitely alright with that role.”

...“Everybody in this league can score,” Stiemsma said. “The good teams are the ones who can stop you. We have to get to be one of those teams that can get stops.”

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NawlinsTiger9
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I know we all got caught up in the Oden drama, but damn I love the way we filled out our team. Stiemsma is exactly what we were looking for in a rotation guy.





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MrBlue105
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Yea I still can't believe we got stiemsma. I enjoyed watching him on the celtics.

He's at a point, a few years into his nba career, where he needs to show that he's more than a bench warmer. I expect big things from him.

Even though we didn't get a starting caliber C, we got some fresh legs down low. Stiemsma and Smith are healthy and in their prime; they combine for an average of 31 minutes per game and haven't been known as huge liabilities on the defensive end.






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Suntiger
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re: Stiemsma looking to be defensive presence


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Defense has been my go-to, my foundation
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that’s a team I want to be part of.
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First and foremost, I’m a rim protector.
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I block shots and defend the paint.
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I have a defensive presence and mind-set, and try to make sure nothing comes easy (for opponents).
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set good screens,
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clean up on the boards.


Gotta love the attitude! And it's just what we need.

#squadup






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The Estimator
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I was thinking about starting a thread asking for everyone's info on Stiemsma this morning on the way into work. I was off the boards when he signed and didn't get to really read much about him because of it. If the article is right about his defensive presence and mindset, I look forward to seeing how a he fits on the team. Anyone have any supplemental info or knowledge other than what I can read on Wiki, etc.?





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