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Greg Stiemsma named to U.S. select roster

The Associated Press is reporting that Celtics center Greg Stiemsma will join the U.S. select team [1]. Stiemsma joins Lance Thomas of the New Orleans Hornets [2] as the newest members of a talented group of young players that will train against the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.

The select team will train against the Americans in Las Vegas from July 6-11. The roster also includes Rookie of the Year Kyrie IrvingJeremy Lin [3], John Wall [4], Kawhi Leonard, DeJuan Blair [5], DeMarcus Cousins [6], DeMar DeRozan, Derrick Favors [7], Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Taj Gibson and Klay Thompson.

After spending four years playing basketball overseas and in the NBA Development League, Stiemsma emerged as a valuable asset for the Celtics [8] in the second half of the season. Averaging more than 18 minutes per game after the All-Star break, Stiemsma has given Boston a much needed shot blocking and rebounding presence off the bench.