New Orleans Pelicans Introduce Morrow, Stiemsma

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Published: September 10, 2013
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The New Orleans Pelicans made Anthony Morrow and Greg Stiemsma available at a press conference which served as their introductions to the media at the team’s headquarters on Airline Drive.

Both 27 year-old players signed free agent deals this summer. Morrow is on a 2-year deal for the veteran minimum while Stiemsma is on 1-year deal for just over the Room Mid-Level Exception amount.

Anthony Morrow (@mranthonymorrow)will be entering his sixth year in the NBA. At 6’9″, 210 lbs, he’s played both at Shooting Guard and at Small Forward. The Charlotte native attended Georgia Tech and went undrafted in 2008. He was signed by the Warriors in July 2008, and continued with the team until being traded to the Nets. He was traded to Atlanta in a trade for Joe Johnson, then traded to Dallas. Morrow has displayed fantastic shooting prowess, posting career-high 47.8 FG% and 46.7 3P% in his rookie year. His shooting declined in he 2011-2012 season, as did his role. Still, his FT% has improved to over 90% in recent seasons, and he’s posted a 57.0 TS% for his career. His summary statistics paint him as a slightly below average player who has declined.

Greg Stiemsma (@gregstiemsma) will be entering his third year as an NBA center. The 6’11”, 260 lb. product of Wisconsin has also played international professional basketball. He battled academic and personal issues at Wisconsin, and did so publicly, and returned to complete his collegiate career. After also going undrafted in 2008, he played in Turkey, then went on to play in South Korea, in the D-League, and with the Celtics, Cavaliers, and Timberwolves.

Michael Pellissier wrote a profile of Stiemsma earlier this summer.

Morrow Notes

  • Morrow is already working with the team. He had good things to say about the team, teammates, and staff. He also praised the facilities, logo, and more.
  • Jarrett Jack told him that he’d really enjoy his time with the Pelicans. He also indicated that this is typical in the free agent process.
  • Morrow feels that the number of players that get to rim on the team now combined with how heavily the team relied on Anderson to make 3-point shots will give him a good chance to get to make use of his shooting ability.
  • Morrow matched up against Aminu and Rivers in some practices. He noted how competitive Rivers is.
  • Morrow has heard some comparisons between Monty and Avery Johnson.

Stiemsma Notes

  • Stiemsma has not discussed specifics about his role, minutes, etc. but feels his game and record speak for themselves. He also chose the Pelicans in part because he thought he would have a chance to get more minutes with them than with other teams.
  • While he knows he’s not a go-to scorer, Stiemsma feels his offensive game is sufficient to justify his minutes while using his primary strengths: rebounding, blocking, providing a physical presence, and more little things.
  • Stiemsma is pleased to play for a defensive coach, believes defense is what makes the difference in many games.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Saints and Pelicans HQ continues to reflect both brands more completely.
  • The practice facility now has a the Pelicans wordmark installed on its side.

Thanks to Golden State of Mind for the Morrow movie poster image.

9 comments
Caffeinedisaster
Caffeinedisaster

I'm glad that former players speak so highly of Monty.  It is a sign that NOLA is becoming a good destination for free agents.

Mr. West
Mr. West

My dog, your dog, Jarrett Jack

mateor
mateor

I don't think I would have believed it if you told me I would someday have warmer thoughts for Jarrett Jack than Chris Paul.

Pelican Poster
Pelican Poster

If that is a semi-current picture of Morrow, it looks like he is still in grade school.  For some reason it evokes a "what you talkin' bout Willis!" feeling for me.  Hope the dude is lights out for us..I think he will be.

LaNative
LaNative

@mateor, I really think Jack was upset to leave the organization but letting him go was a part of the bigger scheme and he got his payday.  I don't remember CP3 saying anything bad about our organization but I think the big market was drawing him.  I really wanted to see him win a championship in our uniform but I don't care if he wins or doesn't now. 

Pelican Poster
Pelican Poster

True dat. I've heard Paul speak with fondness about N.O. many times though. Ultimately, those who liked Paul and saw him as not only our franchise's past, but also it's future, will never truly accept his decision to leave. Given what was going on at the time, the level of success his new team has enjoyed, and his new max contract, it's hard to argue that he made a bad one.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes moderator

@RonJohn63 Yes, the example given is an example of typical behavior, per Morrow. 

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes moderator

@Pelican Poster It's old, per the link in the image credit. I just thought it was fun. Also, I was talking to someone the other day and asked if they had ever met someone named Willis. The answer was no. I found that interesting.

Pelican Poster
Pelican Poster

I loved the pic! Wish I knew how to make something like that. I appreciate your efforts to find it...never had seen it before and had to do a double take (not an Aaron Rogers State Farm Discount Double Take) when I saw it to make sure who it was!

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