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Old 03-13-2014, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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“I have definitely seen him make strides,” Magloire said. “I have seen him get stronger physically. I’ve seen him do things he didn’t do last year. I think he is a little bit more diligent, his time management off the court is much better obviously now that he has his first year is out of the way. He hit a little lull, but everyone does. In 82 games you are going to have peaks and valleys and with those 4 days we had off, he should be okay going into the home stretch.”

Dealing with those peaks and valleys is something Magloire can help with as well. As a veteran, Magloire has been there before and worked through the same problems every young player encounters at various points in their professional career. Experience counts and Valanciunas can believe Magloire knows what he is talking about.

“It’s just experience, just a feel for the game, I played in the NBA for a long time and I put myself in his position,” Magloire said. “I look at all these guys like they are my little brothers and we don’t want to do anything that is going to negate their progress, so we are always conscious of what we do and when we do it.

“We monitor how we work him out. The intensity, the length of time, so we don’t kill him as far as his legs, we just continue to talk to him, to be positive, put ice on his feet and rejuvenate him any which way we can and lots of rest.”


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“I think not making the same mistakes twice (is most important),” Magloire explained. “Once Coach Casey says something to him or one of the assistants say something to him, (he needs to) grasp it, try to rectify it and make sure he doesn’t do the same thing (wrong) twice because that’s frustrating for everybody, for the coaches as well as him when he sees that there’s an easier way or a better technique to do things.”

There should be no doubt having Magloire around has been good for Valanciunas, as a mentor and a teacher. A North American trained veteran center to help the Raptors budding European star to learn the nuances of the NBA game and Magloire is ecstatic about the opportunity as well. Watch the veteran big man working out the young center and you’ll see a guy who loves his job.

“Coming from Europe, the style of basketball is different altogether, so he has to be more fundamentally sound and more conscious of what’s going on,” Magloire said. “I am ecstatic. I am very humbled by the fact Masai (Ujiri) has given me this opportunity, Coach Casey has given me this opportunity and I do not want to let them down.”

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Old 03-14-2014, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting how he stressed about not making the same mistake repeatedly ... that's probably the biggest concern with JV ... some people take longer to learn ... Hopefully, that's happening.

I frankly didn't like the fact that he got married so young ... how does that work ... He's a kid learning to play in a new Continent, League, language, and has to deal with learning how to be married ... that's a lot of shit ...
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Interesting how he stressed about not making the same mistake repeatedly ... that's probably the biggest concern with JV ... some people take longer to learn ... Hopefully, that's happening.

I frankly didn't like the fact that he got married so young ... how does that work ... He's a kid learning to play in a new Continent, League, language, and has to deal with learning how to be married ... that's a lot of shit ...
You have to look at both sides of the coin, broham. The way I see it, by getting married, he won't be going out partying and having a gay ol' time on the town with the other single hooligans. The boy just needs to find his way through experience, he'll only get better over the next 10 years or so.
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Still waiting for the Andres Galarraga connection. :|
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