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iPAu 01-31-2014 08:51 AM

JV in 2009
Just found this on Youtube, JV when he was 17. :D

Raptorman 01-31-2014 11:35 AM

Anyone with a recap/translation?

All I could get was "Wictory Baby!" :cookie:

Ignas 01-31-2014 11:55 AM


Originally Posted by Raptorman (Post 862065)
Anyone with a recap/translation?

All I could get was "Wictory Baby!" :cookie:

Too lazy to translate everything.
One interesting thing from the whole interview is that he said that he is not going to make any sudden jumps in his professional career and gonna play in his league(at that moment he was playing in RKL which is pretty much the 3rd Lithuanian division) until he's the best center there and go to the next level so that he won't have to sit on the bench like many young players do. Then after that season he was signed by Perlas for the rest of the season to play in the NKL (2nd div) and in the offseason the team bought itself a spot in the LKL (1st div) league. The second interview was taken after a game vs. one of the two best Lithuanian teams and he says he is very happy to be there. The opponent coach says that he is very happy to see a youngster have an ability to play with a young team where he's one of the best players and gets a lot of time to play.

In the same season he was called to Rytas (the other Lithuanian title contender) after their international season was over. So his plan to stay in one place and get better kinda failed :D
Here's a video of that game
JV says that he was very nervous before the game. The coach says that there is a lot of work to be done with positioning, receiving the ball and cutting into the lane. But he is very happy to have a chance to work with him and that JV didn't get snatched by anyone else.

derozanmania 02-02-2014 07:39 PM

is it just me or has valanciunas grown from a kid to a man in such a short period of time, and visibly too, seeing that video and then highlights from this season... like a father and son difference :jv:

MikeToronto 02-02-2014 11:26 PM

I know the coach. He used to be one hell of a player in his day...

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