August 09, 2012
All the right answers from Valanciunas, and Garbo's here!
I think I might end up liking this Jonas Valanciunas guy quite well.
Finally got to see him play in person yesterday and he actually wasn’t that bad. Ran the floor extremely well, good on pick-and-roll offence, not so good on pick and roll or post defence but big and quick and he’s going to be a player. A pretty darn good player it looks like right now.
Not sure he’s a favourite of the Lithuanian coach, who buried him on the bench most of yesterday to go with a small lineup that got drubbed by big, and very good, Russia.
But that’s one game, no sense rushing to too much judgement on the kid, I still go back to various reports from people I respect with no affiliation with the Raptors who say he’ll be just fine.
He does give a pretty good quote.
After introducing myself as a scribbler from Toronto, to which he replied “good to meet you” and that puts him ahead in my books, first question out was what did you learn here?
“I learned how not to foul out.”
Gotta love a kid who can deliver a line and someone who knows what he’s up against.
“I get tough lessons on how hard the fight is under the basket, I need to gain some pounds and gain some power. But I’m still young.”
Dwane? Have you been telling the kid what to say?
Next up for him is a couple of weeks off – he’s been on the go pretty steadily for about a month and a half – and then it’s back to the gym because now he’s got some idea of what’s ahead of him.
“I played against all the NBA stars so I think that was good experience and it’s going to help me for next season.”