“Winning is fun,” Toronto Raptors Greg Stiemsma said. “I haven’t had a lot of it over the past two years, so it’s definitely fun to be on this side of it. A winning culture is fun to be around and this is what this is and this is what they built and I am just happy to be a part of it.”
The Toronto Raptors announced on Saturday that guard Will Cherry and forward Jordan Hamilton were released. This means center Greg Stiemsma has survived the cut heading towards the Raptors home opener on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Toronto Raptors signed 29-year-old center Greg Stiemsma to be the 17th man heading into training camp where there is definitely an element of competition. The big defensive center is trying win this job as a needed shot blocker, mentor or even just a rah-rah towel waver and he looks to a former Raptors reserve center Aaron Gray as the model to follow.
When the Toronto Raptors signed center Greg Stiemsma to a one-year $1 million deal, it was widely assumed the contract was on similar terms to Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton and was only guaranteed for $25,000 thus opening the door to a three-way fight on relatively even terms for the 15th and final roster spot on the team. Apparently, however, the odds are stacked in Stiemsma favor.
TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed Greg Stiemsma, a veteran free-agent center who played last season with New Orleans.
The 6-foot-11 Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points and career highs of 4.1 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in 55 games last season with the Pelicans.
Stiemsma has also played for Minnesota (2012-13) and Boston (2011-'12) after starring college at Wisconsin. For his...
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September 04, 2014
Greg Stiemsma will sign a one-year, $1 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Stiemsma most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans.
September 04, 2014
The NBA suspended Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo one game on Saturday after he punched Pelicans forward Greg Stiemsma in the throat during Friday night’s game in New Orleans.
Stiemsa set a hard pick on Mayo and appeared to make contact with his face, which prompted the Bucks guard to retaliate.
Mayo will lose one game’s worth of salary for what the league described as “forcibly...
Maybe it was an elbow that Bucks guard O.J. Mayo threw at Pelicans big man Greg Stiemsma, after the two players got tangled up in a screen and Mayo took what appeared to be an unintentional shot to the head from Stiemsma.
Maybe it was a punch.
Whatever the case, it drilled Stiemsma in the throat, and you can’t (deliberately) do that. So, Mayo was of course ejected from Friday...
OJ Mayo was given an early exit from Friday night's New Orleans-Milwaukee game after he threw an elbow at Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma.
Sometimes the aggressiveness and physicality of the NBA gets the best of players, and they lash out in frustration at opponents as a result. Tonight, in the Milwaukee Bucks/New Orleans Pelicans game during the 2nd quarter after running into a hard set screen by Greg Stiemsma, O.J. Mayo let anger get the best of him and elbowed Stiemsma in the face: Unsurprisingly, Mayo was given...