JV: I love Toronto
Old 05-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So JV is back in Lithuania and recently did a short interview, sharing his experiences in Toronto. Since this was done in Lithuania I thought you might like to know what he really thinks of NBA and Canada.


Q: How would you rate your rookie year?
A: I think it was OK. I got plenty of experience and for that I'm thankful. I'd rate it positively.



Q: Did you feel exhausted after playing a season in NBA?
A: A little bit, the NBA schedule is intense. Sometimes you'd play 3 games in 4 days so you do feel tired, but I always gave it my best. I used my days off wisely and was good to go for the next game. When the season ended my body recovered after the first week, I'm still young I don't need that much rest. (laughing)



Q: What surprised you the most over there?
A: Traveling and the whole NBA life in general. While you're traveling you have zero free time, it's not easy. Also the level of basketball they play at was a little bit of a shock.

Q: You played with the biggest names in basketball, whereas before you would only see them on TV. How did you feel playing with the best basketball players in the world?
A:It was an honor to play with and against those guys. It just motivates you more.



Q: Sabonis always said he thought playing against Shaq was the most difficult thing he encountered. Who did you find difficult playing against?
A: Probably Nikola Pekovic. He's really strong and just a really good player in general. To be honest, there was no center who was easy to play against. There wasn't a single game where you'd come in get your points and walk off. I always gave it my all. There were no easy games.


Q: You got to travel all over North America. What did you think of the cities, arenas?
A: Most of the arenas are somewhat similar in the way they look, it's the history that sets them apart. It was a bit unreal playing in the same places where Kobe or Shaq play. My favorite was MSG.


Q: How hard was it to adjust to the NBA rules?
A: It was hard at first, since I've played according to European rules all my life. I made lots off mistakes at first, but as time went on I got used to them.

Q: How do they treat rookies over there?
A: Sometimes the refs will check you, to see how you act in different situations, they want to see if you're a smart player or not. Also the older players know that you're a rookie so they'll test you too. You have to be ready, mentally and physically. You can never relax if you want to achieve something.


Q: You suffered a neck injury during a game vs the Bulls and were taken to hospital. Did the injury scare you a little bit?
A: That injury wasn't very serious. They took me to the hospital just as a precaution. It looked worse than it was.


Q: How did you deal with the language barrier?
A: It was tough at first, I didn't understand much and I couldn't speak much. As the season went on I tried my best, I had a teacher who would give me a few lessons here and there. I think I learned a lot. I can communicate properly now.(smiles)


Q: Journalists in Toronto wrote that as the season progressed you earned the respect of the fans and the referees. Did you feel it?
A: I just played my game. I wasn't out to impress anybody (laughing). I guess I just earned it by working hard. Towards the end of the season I guess I felt that the refs weren't as hard on me as they were before.

Q: Did you feel that the coach D. Casey had your back? Did you feel you had his support?

A: I had a great relationship with the coach and I'm happy that I had a chance to work with him, because I did feel that I had his support. I was always able to approach him, ask questions, get some pointers. Of course there were some disagreements but I'm extremely happy I got to work with Dwayne Casey. I hope he stays next year.

Q: Raptors had high expectations coming into the season, so after the team failed to make the playoffs there were a lot of talks about the future of the Raptors. D. Casey and B. Colangelo received plenty of criticism.
A: I don't know much about that. My job is to play basketball not focus on what the management are doing. It was good for me, I don't know what the future holds. If there is going to be any changes I'll try to adapt, if not I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.

Q:How did you settle in Toronto?
A: I love Toronto. The city is very European. There's a lot of Europeans living there, who just like me don't speak English all that well. I really felt welcome and at home. I'm very happy I get to live in Toronto, it was easy to adapt. I live close to the ACC so I'm not late and I avoid the traffic.

Q: What are the drivers like over there?
A: Their good. A little slow maybe but good. (laughing)

Q: Do you get noticed on the street a lot?
A: I do. I felt the support of the fans.

Q: Basketball isn't the most popular sport in Toronto.
A: Ice hockey is number one, but basketball is still pretty popular. We had a sell out crowd almost every game, so there's not that much of a gap. The fans in Toronto are very active all four quarters. You always felt their support.

Q: It shouldn't have been too difficult when you first arrived in Toronto, you had Kleiza.
A: I was very happy to have him on our team. I had a lot of questions when I first arrived, he helped me out a lot.

Q: He didn't play much this season. Why do you think that is?

A: It's not my place to comment, he can tell you more himself. I actually don't even know, it was just the way it was. That's what the coach decided.

Q: Did you keep in contact with Donatas Motiejunas? (The other Lithuanian rookie)

A: I did. We kept in touch.

Q: Did you follow European basketball?
A: Of course I did.

Q: During the season and especially towards the end there were a lot of videos being posted of you playing. Did you watch any of them

A: I saw a few, it's nice when people make stuff like that, but I'm not one of those people who googles himself constantly. I don't see the big deal.

Q: There were reports that you'll be working with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer.

A: I don't know the full story. I need to be in Toronto on the 2nd of June. Who I'll be working with I don't know yet. Maybe I'll get a chance to work with him.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thanks a lot!

his answer about linas came off a bit odd. i thought it was his health that kept him sidelined throughout the season.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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toronto very european? HA!
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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toronto very european? HA!
Many european's that come here sem to say that.
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Many european's that come here sem to say that.
good for them. maybe when you compare it to a city like dallas or houston or even NYC it sems european. but thats only relative. if they ever lived in montreal, or really anywhere in quebec theyd laugh at their own comment
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good for them. maybe when you compare it to a city like dallas or houston or even NYC it sems european. but thats only relative. if they ever lived in montreal, or really anywhere in quebec theyd laugh at their own comment
No they'd get pissed off and say they were stupid. Toronto is a little bit of a mix of Euro/US/Canadian imo. I know you love to rip this city, why i'll never know but this is said all the time about Toronto.

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Old 05-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He does so well with the questions. Answers them perfectly.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No they'd get pissed off and say they were stupid. Toronto is a little bit of a mix of Euro/US/Canadian imo. I know you love to rip this city, why i'll never know but this is said all the time about Toronto.
why dont you like montreal, or quebec, jeffy? enlighten us
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No they'd get pissed off and say they were stupid. Toronto is a little bit of a mix of Euro/US/Canadian imo. I know you love to rip this city, why i'll never know but this is said all the time about Toronto.
Toronto has every culture, not just euro/us/canadian.. there's a huge population of asians, huge.
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Toronto has every culture, not just euro/us/canadian.. there's a huge population of asians, huge.
I know that but i'm saying the feel of the city is often compared to Europe, US. The asian population is huge in this city, for sure.
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why dont you like montreal, or quebec, jeffy? enlighten us

Because i spent a couple years living in Ottawa and used to go to Montreal and certain parts of Quebec all the time, even dated a girl from Hull for a while. I've even gone there for work a dozen or so times. Anyway from my experiences, generally speaking i found most people to be snobby and often i've seen people thumb their noses at people if they weren't speaking french. I also would say that nearly half of that province would prefer to seperate from Canada and nearly did in the mid 90's, this was voted on when i was living in Ottawa and i lived with that shit for a year. Then there's the whole singnage laws that absolutly drive me up a wall. Certain parts of Montreal are nice, Old Quebec is beautiful but the rest of that province sucks imo. I'm french and i can't stand going there.

My mother works for a call center, she's always told me that out of everyone she deals with all over the country, people from that province have always been the rudest and most arrogant and she's french. She speaks french to them and they'll tell her she's not really french, some have even called her a cunt in french.

I'm not saying everyone in the province is like this that, that would be ridiculous, but basing it on my experiences, and since i went to French schools my whole life (through HS) and have had many classmates from Quebec i have a pretty decent sample size to look at. It's my opinion, but i wouldn't live there if you paid me. And the winters there are brutal.


And don't call me Jeffy you condescending little turd.

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Because i spent a couple years living in Ottawa and used to go to Montreal and certain parts of Quebec all the time, even dated a girl from Hull for a while. I've even gone there for work a dozen or so times. Anyway from my experiences, generally speaking i found most people to be snobby and often i've seen people thumb their noses at people if they weren't speaking french. I also would say that nearly half of that province would prefer to seperate from Canada and nearly did in the mid 90's, this was voted on when i was living in Ottawa and i lived with that shit for a year. Then there's the whole singnage laws that absolutly drive me up a wall. Certain parts of Montreal are nice, Old Quebec is beautiful but the rest of that province sucks imo. I'm french and i can't stand going there.

My mother works for a call center, she's always told me that out of everyone she deals with all over the country, people from that province have always been the rudest and most arrogant she's french. She speaks french to them and they'll tell her she's not really french, some have even called her a cunt in french.

I'm not saying everyone in the province is like this that, that would be ridiculous, but basing it on my experiences, and since i went to French schools my whole life (through HS) and have had many classmates from Quebec i have a pretty decent sample size to look at. It's my opinion, but i wouldn't live there if you paid me. And the winters there are brutal.


And don't call me Jeffy you condescending little turd.
I angered jeff!

I just find it funny that everything you said about quebec I would say about torontonians. snobby would be an understatement for so many people here.

to each their own.

oh and for future reference, dont call me a turd you audacious bastard
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you two turds anger everyone here. your mom is proud.
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Thanks fizz! A good read.
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And don't call me Jeffy you condescending little turd.
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I too love Toronto, much like JV.
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did you guys seen this video?
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Toronto has every culture, not just euro/us/canadian.. there's a huge population of asians, huge.
Asians are every where I don't think anyone here would ever question that.
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Great video. As for the "Toronto - European city", I've never personally been there, but I've heard numerous times people saying here in Europe. I'm sure pretty big community of Lithuanians in the city was also big part of JV's such answer.
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