Boxden hiphop sports wild'ish games movies news eyecandy tech gear rides
trending now most viewers #top20 top yesterday all sections videos pics tracks headlines

A New Cult Hero In Boston ??

most watched this minute | see more
most viewed right now
102 viewing
 Image inside Melanie from Florida Atlantic University
most viewed right now
75 viewing
Image inside Like a fine Wine, ex Pron Star Jada Fire is getting better with age...

top in section
25 viewing
 NFL Browns Offense Appears to Be Moving On From Manziel
top in sports
top in section
22 viewing
$20,000 a piece to eat, how much you walking away with?
top in wild'ish

people viewing this topic:   (0 members and 1 guests)  

let em know » Share this on TwitterShare this on Facebook
 A New Cult Hero In Boston ??
Unread 3 years agoclass of '05 - away - #1
1173 pageviews

T.O.N.Y. 3132 heat pts3132 space
avatar space
100% Brooklyn
$58,299 | POWERFUL

Eleven days. Five games played. And already the kid is a cult hero.

How long before they name the New Boston Garden after Greg Stiemsma?

He’s the new Brian Scalabrine. He’s the new Greg Kite. He’s the new Kevin McHale.

He’s the new (gulp) Bill Russell?

Stiemsma has heard it all. Not bad for a guy who most recently played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.

Not bad for an undrafted center who averaged a whopping 3.5 points per game in his senior season at Wisconsin, a 26-year-old NBA rookie who played last season for Telekom Ankara in Turkey.

“He’s knows exactly who he is,’’ said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “That’s what I like most about him. You don’t get that from a lot of young players.’’

The 6-foot-11-inch Stiemsma made his first NBA start Monday night against the Wizards. Surrounded by a supporting cast of Hall of Famers, he connected on 5 of 7 shots, scored 13 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 100-92 victory.

He also blocked two shots, which got the attention of Comcast commentator Tommy Heinsohn. Stiemsma has 13 blocks in his first five games. Heinsohn said Stiemsma’s shot-blocking technique reminds him of Russell.

Mike Gorman, Heinsohn’s broadcast partner, was speechless when the goofy comparison was made, but you could hear Gorman’s jaw drop on the broadcast table. It was the same for just about everyone watching.

Yikes. Bill Russell and Greg Stiemsma? Perfect bookends, right? Like Bobby Orr and Lyndon Byers. John F. Kennedy and Jack E. Robinson. Paris and Fitchburg.

Heinsohn wasn’t backing off before last night’s 89-70 Garden blowout of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets.

“His timing and how he goes about blocking shots does remind me of Russell,’’ said the Celtics legend, who for his entire NBA career was Russell’s teammate. “He makes guys commit, he’s quick to his leap, and he gets his hand up there right when the ball is leaving the shooter’s hand.’’


But Bill Russell? If it wasn’t coming from Tommy, it would be downright sacrilegious. Russell is the greatest winner in the history of sports, copping 11 championships in 13 NBA seasons and never losing a seventh game.

Heinsohn knows Russell’s greatness firsthand. They were rookies together with the Celtics in 1956-57. It’s a little-known fact that Heinsohn was actually NBA Rookie of the Year in Russell’s rookie season. (Russell’s arrival in Boston was delayed by the Melbourne Olympic Games.) Big Bill made up for lost time and the Celtics won their first NBA championship in the spring of 1957.

“I heard about the Russell remark from a waiter at dinner last night,’’ laughed Rivers. “I was just shaking my head. Who’d want to live up to that expectation? My goodness.’’

Stiemsma heard about it, too, from his parents and friends back in Wisconsin.

“A couple of my buddies told me they were watching on TV and heard that,’’ said Stiemsma. “I don’t want to get too far ahead in my comparisons here. That’s a whole other level - obviously one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. Even the slightest comparison is a little bit of a stretch, but at the same time it’s an honor, too.’’

Has he seen grainy black-and-white footage of Russell playing for the Celtics?

“When I was in Turkey, one of the only English-speaking channels was an NBA channel,’’ said Stiemsma. “Hardwood classics and stuff. They played some old games once in a while and I saw some highlights from back in the day.’’

. . . when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and Russell and Heinsohn roamed the parquet floorboards.

Heinsohn isn’t the only Celtic great going overboard with praise for Stiemsma. After Monday’s win, Kevin Garnett said, “He can block shots . . . like no one I’ve ever seen.’’

Stiemsma came back to earth last night, subbing for Jermaine O’Neal and having little impact in the win (1 point, 5 rebounds, and 1 block in 12 minutes).

Count Cedric Maxwell as one who thinks we need to dial it down a bit on Stiemsma.

“I guess he’s a combination of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale,’’ Max said, sarcastically. “I mean, we’ve practically got him in the Hall of Fame in Springfield. Let me state the obvious. He’s white. Let’s give him a chance to succeed or fail on his own.’’

“Nobody thought this kid could do anything,’’ insisted Heinsohn. “He’s a tremendous surprise. He doesn’t need to be great. He just needs to be a factor.’’

“He does a lot,’’ added Rivers. “He tries to block shots every time. He’s a good rebounder, if you set him up he can make shots. He never tries to do more than he can do.’’

Knows who he is. Doesn’t try to do more than he can do. Doc sounds like Bill Parcells talking about Vinny Testaverde or Troy Brown.

“Everybody on our team is starting to come into their own,’’ said Stiemsma. “If I can come in and look to block every shot that I can and play solid defense and rebound, that’s going to be my role. Hit my shots when I’m open and take shots when I’m open.’’

And his cult status?

“I haven’t been downtown a lot,’’ he said. “But I’m looking forward to experiencing the city.’’

He should visit City Hall Plaza first. That’s where they’re scheduled to dedicate a statue to Bill Russell later this year.

[pic - click to view]

Source: Just like Bill Russell?? - The Boston Globe
Reply With Quote
Props given to T.O.N.Y. hot topic  (01-05-2012)

8 comments for "A New Cult Hero In Boston ??"

- To post a comment, join the squad -

Unread 3 years agoclass of '07 - away - #2
keithbm1111 96 heat pts96 space
avatar space
$27,624 | POWERFUL
no one can ever replace brian scalabrine, nice try Greg
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '09 - away - #3
TriniSoldier 55 heat pts55 space
avatar space
$40,697 | POWERFUL
Greg can grow to be a great defensive force, he wants to block every shot he's been a beast for us like I thought he would. n*ggas acting like 5 boards and a block in 12 minutes for a rookie is bad
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '08 - away - #4
Dee Grande 969 heat pts969 space
avatar space
Senior Member
$19,709 | POWERFUL
only seen him in the game vs the pistons. he was getting worked by greg monroe and got pulled after about the 3rd or 4th straight time
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '05 - away - #5
Junior G 76 heat pts76 space
avatar space
$47,672 | POWERFUL
Steisma is the best white shot blocker in the league
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '05 - away - #6
MadGam325 14 heat pts14 space
avatar space
Senior Member
$10,218 | POWERFUL
worth a fantasy pickup?
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '05 - away - #7
rashcobar 5 heat pts space
avatar space
Senior Member
$6,873 | POWERFUL
MadGam325 said:
worth a fantasy pickup?
if your league is hella deep and u need some blocks to get you over, maybe.

in reality, he won't get more than 15-20 mins on a regular night
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '10 - away - #8
quan3106 48 heat pts48 space
avatar space
Zero fu*ks Given
$5,158 | POWERFUL
Why are all cult heros in Boston White dudes...Scalabrini.. Edelman...the other little dude on the Pats...Just never been there dont know the it cuz they collar...what is it about them cuz it always seem like there is a Rudy type underdog white dude gettin alot of love....just curious...serious response doe....a dude tryna get enlightened..
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 years agoclass of '04 - away - #9
187Proof 314 heat pts314 space
avatar space
Local Neighborhood Playa
$4,813 | POWERFUL
Scalabrine The God would not give his stamp of approval.
Reply With Quote

Home > all sections > BX SportsCenter
          join bx


that hot ish yesterday

most viewed right now
56 viewing
Video inside 50 Cent On TiDAL: Most Of Those Artists (Besides Jay Z) Don't Own Their..
most viewed right now
41 viewing
Video inside Ed Sheeran at TheBreakfastClub: Lends cthagod $, Raps Biggie Verse, Hip..
most viewed right now
23 viewing
Video inside rick james interview at studio 54 (he def smashed the reporter later th..
most viewed right now
20 viewing
Article inside Young thug & Richgang affiliate PeeweeakaRoscoe arrested for Lil Wayn..
most viewed right now
17 viewing
Video inside The truth behind Jim Jones beef with Max B and French Montana
most viewed right now
15 viewing
May 29 - Hundreds expected outside Phoenix mosque at Mohammed cartoon contest
most viewed right now
13 viewing
NBA LeBron James 'you too little' comment motivates Draymond Green
most viewed right now
12 viewing
Video inside (New Video) Lil Mama - Sausage
most viewed right now
6 viewing
That Erykah Badu pus-y is something else

contact us   |   bx@twitter   |   bx@facebook   |   privacy   |   search   |  © BX 1998-end of time