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Anderson out, Stiemsma and Thomas in on USA Select team

Jun 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo AP

Greg Stiemsma is moving up in the world. Fast.

The Boston backup big man as well as New Orleans’ Lance Thomas have been added to the USA Select team, the team of younger players that practices against the Team USA roster to help them prepare for the Olympics. They will get together July 6 in Las Vegas for the start of training camp.

“We made a commitment back in October that we would select two players from the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and invite them to be part of the 2012 USA Select Team,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman, in a released statement. “Greg (Stiemsma) and Lance (Thomas) were valuable contributors to the USA’s bronze medal showing at the 2011 Pan American Games and both earned their way on to NBA rosters this season and demonstrated they can contribute at that level. I’m pleased to have both players join the USA Select Team.”

Ryan Anderson, the Orlando stretch four, withdrew his name from the team. No reason was given, although he is a restricted free agent and sometimes people on the verge of a new contract do not want to be put in a situation where they could get injured and risk the payday.

  1. pglive21 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Stiemsma? Are you kidding me? Who’s next, Shaun Livingston’s busted knee? There have to be better USA prospects than him.

    • bozosforall - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      They must have needed a thug on the squad.

      • bbgraf08 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Stiemsma a thug? Now that’s funny.

      • bozosforall - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        He sure fouls like one. Don’t know what your definition is, but if you are basing your opinion strictly on racial stereotypes, then you really don’t understand the real meaning of the word.

      • pglive21 - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        I don’t think he’s a thug, but you can obviously see that Kevin Garnett has had some influence on him. In both good and bad ways.

        But even with the good, he’s still at best a scrub. The Select team should be about talent with the potential to make an Olympics or Worlds team down the road. Stiemsma has the potential to be a starter one day… on the Bobcats.

      • bozosforall - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:58 PM


      • brewcitybummer - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:04 AM

        In a word, yeah that’s what they are looking for. You shouldn’t be surprised by this. People have been speculating that team USA would want an interior banger to use against Spain and this is the name that kept coming up.

      • bozosforall - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        A thug player from a team of thugs. Thugs for whom the refs look the other way when they foul the other team.

  2. phaden27 - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    It’ll be a good day when the waiter deliver Bozo his crow.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    I thought I knew evvv-er-y player in the NBA, 15th string scrubs and all….but WhoTF is…(hold on, let me scroll up real quick…) …WTF is Lance Thomas!???

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