Chisholm: Let's be patient with Valanciunas
Old 09-15-2011, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This much we know: next summer, Valanciunas will officially be a signed-and-delivered Toronto Raptor. Unlike Rubio, he will only be playing a single season in Europe (for Lietuvos Rytas) before coming to the NBA, and also unlike Rubio he'll be with the same team he was with before the draft (Rubio switched to the much higher regarded FC Barcelona in 2009). However, like Rubio he'll be wearing a huge target on his back when he goes back to play his upcoming season, with opponents likely to try and target him now that's considered such an elite NBA prospect. Also, there will be far greater scrutiny over his game, both within the team and outside of it, a factor that some say wreaked emotional havoc with Rubio as the critics piled on to his lack of improvement in shooting, even perhaps to the detriment of his development.

Sudden expectations can be a cruel thing. While in the AAU and NCAA universes, such expectations are laid on kids at 12 or 13 but the same timelines are not always as severe with European prospects. While that is probably for the best in many regards, the sudden overwhelming burden of increased expectations is still a lot to bear for any 19-or-20-year-old prospect.

Now, no one is saying that Valanciunas and Rubio have anything more in common than the most superficial elements to their situations. Nor is anyone saying that the same pitfalls even exist for one because they existed for the other. Rather, all one has to consider is that, like Rubio, Valanciunas is as intriguing now because of his potential as he is because of his current talent. Sometimes people can run away with their expectations of players based on the very nebulous idea of potential, and it would be prudent for Raptors fans to be cautious following such a track.

Keep a close eye on Valanciunas this season in Lithuania, watch him actually play if you can, and let THAT be your guide for what you expect from him. Don't get too carried away with what he could be down the road - allow it to be a 'what if' scenario rather than a definite destination you demand that he reach.

Opinions of Valanciunas have shifted rapidly in Toronto and Canada this summer, perhaps too rapidly, and it may be time to take a breath and remember that we're talking about a 19-year-old that is still developing his body and learning the nuances of the game of basketball. While he is undoubtedly the most intriguing talent the Raptors have had in their fold since they drafted Chris Bosh eight years ago, allow him to show you what he is going to become, rather than telling him what you expect him to become. Minnesota is receiving considerably less in Rubio than they thought they were getting after selling him as the future of their franchise two summers ago so try and allow Valanciunas to escape that same fate this year.



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Old 09-16-2011, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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OMG SO MUCH POTENTIAL
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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"Sometimes people can run away with their expectations of players based on the very nebulous idea of potential, and it would be prudent for Raptors fans to be cautious following such a track."

I'm not sure you can really separate current and potential because when you see a young player doing well all you can think is "wow if he's this good now where can he go!?"

either way tho, I'm very happy with jonas' current ability!
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Does this mean i shouldn't be making YouTube videos of myself dancing to Rock Me Amadeus, in my underwear, while shouting, "Valanciunas-Valanciunas, Rock Me Valanciunas!"?
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Does this mean i shouldn't be making YouTube videos of myself dancing to Rock Me Amadeus, in my underwear, while shouting, "Valanciunas-Valanciunas, Rock Me Valanciunas!"?
hey man, what you do in your own time........
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Does this mean i shouldn't be making YouTube videos of myself dancing to Rock Me Amadeus, in my underwear, while shouting, "Valanciunas-Valanciunas, Rock Me Valanciunas!"?
and you still haven't shared this video with all of RF because???
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Does this mean i shouldn't be making YouTube videos of myself dancing to Rock Me Amadeus, in my underwear, while shouting, "Valanciunas-Valanciunas, Rock Me Valanciunas!"?
no i think you still should be, it would help if you would share it though
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Go to hell Chrisholm, don't tell me how to be.

Let's put some thought into titling our articles.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I like the title. It makes sense.
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