Stiemsma signs with Nike


Stiemsma signs with Nike

BOSTON -- The journey of Greg Stiemsma continues as the Boston Celtics rookie signed with Nike just over a week ago.

Im still waiting on getting some gear delivered, he told with an ear-to-ear smile. Im looking forward to it.

Signing with Nike is part of the undrafted 26 year olds whirlwind first season in the NBA. Staying humble, he struggled at times to find the words to express the significance of it all.

It still doesnt seem like thats who I am or thats the reality, he said. Its all part of this experience. Im trying to make it last as much as I can.

Stiemsma currently wears the Hyperfuse sneaker. If the 6-foot-11 center were to create a shoe of his own, it would represent his physical stature and personal style.

It would probably be big and heavy to emulate my feet, he laughed. It would be something simple, nothing crazy. High top, probably a strap. Something simple.

He paused, still smiling and his cheeks red.

Im telling you, talking about it, I guess I really havent thought about it that much, Stiemsma said.

That's okay. He has given people around the NBA plenty to think about this season.

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady can be his own worst critic. That's why last week, after beating the Texans in the Divisional Round to move on to the AFC title game, he wasn't thrilled. He didn't play up to his standards. The offense struggled at points. He wore his frustration like a five o'clock shadow.

Winning is not everything for Brady, most weeks. He has an idea of how he should perform, how the Patriots offense should perform, and when those ideals aren't met, he's generally displeased. 


On Sunday, after beating up on the Steelers, 36-17, that wasn't the case. It was a sound performance, but it wasn't perfect. It was explosive at times, but it shined a light on areas where the Patriots will need to continue to improve. 

Despite its imperfections, Sunday was no time to brood about plays missed or lessons learned the hard way. Screw it, Brady seemed to say. They were going to the Super Bowl. It was OK to smile.  

"It was a good day," Brady said. "I mean, we're going to the Super Bowl, man. [Expletive], you've got to be happy now."

The Super Bowl berth is the ninth in franchise history -- more than any other club -- and the seventh with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. By throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, Brady tied Joe Montana for the most postseason games (nine) with three touchdown passes. 

Brady will also claim the record for Super Bowls played when he and the Patriots head to Houston. And if they win, he'll tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl wins for a player (five).

Those are lofty numbers made even more significant, perhaps, due to the fact that Brady wasn't allowed to start this season as his team's quarterback. He was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if it was personally satisfying to get back to the Super Bowl despite having to serve a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

"Well, that's because of the hard work of a lot of people from my coaches to my teammates to our families that support us," he said. "It takes a lot of people, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort over the course of many months. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight.

"This thing started in April. It really started before that in free-agency when we were picking up guys like [Chris] Hogan and drafting guys like Malcolm Mitchell and guy who were in rehab like [LeGarrette Blount] and [Dion Lewis] and [James Develin] and Nate [Solder]. It's a lot of hard work. There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them."

They're going to the Super Bowl. He has to be happy now.