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  • Wouldn't that be a dream come true.

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    • http://www.15min.lt/en/article/cultu...kas-528-249836

      Interesting JV article.
      TORONTOOOOOO RAPTORSSSSSS

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      • theycallmeZZ wrote: View Post
        It's funny how the article referenced Sachin Aurora of Rantsports.com, a 15-year old kid who "graduated" from Bleacher Report.

        Having said that, Valanciunas DOES have high likelihood of becoming the best centre in team history.

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        • Love this comment:

          "Raptors' frontcourt last season consisted of little-known, mediocre, or retiring players: Solomon Alabi, Aaron Gray, and Jamaal Magloire. All are currently free agents. Will that make it easier to establish yourself? Or perhaps, on the contrary, there won't be any role models to learn from?
          - I value competition. It drives us forward, gives motivation. Besides, I want to have the best possible partners during training. The tougher the exercise, the easier the game."

          Followed right up with this one:

          "During your last season with Vilnius Lietuvos rytas, you hardly ever received passes from the team's point guards and therefore had to create opportunities for scoring yourself. In Raptors, you'll be playing alongside one of the best assist masters in the NBA, Jose Calderon. Do you think he will give you more opportunities to score?
          - I am of the best possible opinion about Calderon – both as a person and a player. I believe I will be able to do more with him in the court than without."

          Bodes well for the second unit.

          Great attitude form near the end of the interview:

          "This summer hasn't been easy for you. Hell in Venezuela, your first Olympic Games in London, where you unexpectedly had to carry the load of the team's main center. What have you learnt?
          - This summer made me tougher. In some sense, I'm glad I was given a cold shower, since one must learn to get up after a fall."

          Hard not to love this kid. Also hard not to wonder what his attitude would have been like if he had grown up in North America and played NCAA ball, with reporters and writers from SI and ESPN following him around. Seems really humble, dedicated and now, at age 20, one can expect that those attributes are part of his mental make-up. Starting to play on a Men's team at 16 and wait in line behind established players must have fixed in his mind the necessity of continuous improvement and hard work.

          Lovin' it.

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          • Puffer wrote: View Post
            Love this comment:

            "Raptors' frontcourt last season consisted of little-known, mediocre, or retiring players: Solomon Alabi, Aaron Gray, and Jamaal Magloire. All are currently free agents. Will that make it easier to establish yourself? Or perhaps, on the contrary, there won't be any role models to learn from?
            - I value competition. It drives us forward, gives motivation. Besides, I want to have the best possible partners during training. The tougher the exercise, the easier the game."

            Followed right up with this one:

            "During your last season with Vilnius Lietuvos rytas, you hardly ever received passes from the team's point guards and therefore had to create opportunities for scoring yourself. In Raptors, you'll be playing alongside one of the best assist masters in the NBA, Jose Calderon. Do you think he will give you more opportunities to score?
            - I am of the best possible opinion about Calderon – both as a person and a player. I believe I will be able to do more with him in the court than without."

            Bodes well for the second unit.

            Great attitude form near the end of the interview:

            "This summer hasn't been easy for you. Hell in Venezuela, your first Olympic Games in London, where you unexpectedly had to carry the load of the team's main center. What have you learnt?
            - This summer made me tougher. In some sense, I'm glad I was given a cold shower, since one must learn to get up after a fall."

            Hard not to love this kid. Also hard not to wonder what his attitude would have been like if he had grown up in North America and played NCAA ball, with reporters and writers from SI and ESPN following him around. Seems really humble, dedicated and now, at age 20, one can expect that those attributes are part of his mental make-up. Starting to play on a Men's team at 16 and wait in line behind established players must have fixed in his mind the necessity of continuous improvement and hard work.

            Lovin' it.
            JV is very mature for his age, and that will show up on and off the court.
            Twitter: @ReubenJRD • NBA, Raptors writer for Daily Hive Vancouver, Toronto.

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            • ESPN Insider had this to say today about Valanciunas:

              According to FIBA.com, Jonas Valanciunas has left Lithuania and landed in Canada to begin preparing for his rookie season in the NBA. The Toronto Raptors drafted him with the fifth overall pick in 2011 and are eagerly awaiting his debut in their frontcourt.

              The 20-year-old has dominated every age level of competition in Europe, but, obviously, the NBA is not an under-21 league. So we checked in with ESPN Insider Fran Fraschilla for his take on what we can expect from the 7-foot, 245-pound center as he battles in the paint with the men of the NBA.

              "My gut feeling is he's going to struggle against the top 6-7 tough, physical centers in the NBA," Fraschilla told us. "He'll have nights where he has 19 points and 17 rebounds against weaker teams, but he may get manhandled and in foul trouble versus tougher opponents other nights.

              "Watching him in Euro League, it's clear he is not afraid to bang. He loves to play inside. He just needs to continue improving his strength. He should be outstanding in 2-3 years."
              Not exactly a ground breaking write-up, but still interesting as it does somewhat temper expectations as to what to expect...similar to what we have been attempting to do...while still looking towards the long term potential that Valanciunas shows.

              It will be fascinating to get to watch those games where he shows the potential to put it all together.
              http://twitter.com/m_shantz

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              • http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/new...p?newsid=53866

                Interesting article about Valanciunas on the FIBA website.
                TORONTOOOOOO RAPTORSSSSSS

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                • http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.c...nto-raptors-2/

                  Another good perspective on the upcoming season with a likely realistic review of JV

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                  • http://twitter.com/msharbaf/status/2...589890/photo/1

                    Hold your collective breaths. (For those of you who don't want to look... it is Jonas in a walking boot)
                    Last edited by The Coach; Sun Sep 23rd, 2012, 03:28 PM.
                    “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
                    ― John Wooden

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                    • The Coach wrote: View Post
                      http://twitter.com/msharbaf/status/2...589890/photo/1

                      Hold your collective breaths. (For those of you who don't want to look... it is Jonas in a walking boot)
                      For fucks sake.

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                      • The Coach wrote: View Post
                        http://twitter.com/msharbaf/status/2...589890/photo/1

                        Hold your collective breaths. (For those of you who don't want to look... it is Jonas in a walking boot)
                        Wolstat is looking into it...

                        Ryan Wolstat ‏@WolstatSun
                        Pictures going around of #Raptors Jonas Valanciunas in a walking boot. Waiting for confirmation on extent of injury
                        Ryan Wolstat ‏@WolstatSun
                        But no crutches and fact he is walking on it is a good sign one would think
                        “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
                        ― John Wooden

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                        • God dammit..

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                          • SHIT! Are you kidding me?! All these injuries....
                            Twitter: @ReubenJRD • NBA, Raptors writer for Daily Hive Vancouver, Toronto.

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                            • The Coach wrote: View Post
                              Wolstat is looking into it...
                              Ryan Wolstat ‏@WolstatSun
                              Team doesn't expect to update Valanciunas situation until tomorrow, but doesn't sound like any of us will be talking to him 2morrow afterall
                              What a way to start... it's not April 1st, right?
                              “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
                              ― John Wooden

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                              • I think it's a very bad prank. I think it's just a guy that just looks a little like Jonas... why is the face not visible?
                                Maybe it's even photoshoped...

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