Raptors’ rookies enjoying life in Toronto
Old 10-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For Toronto Raptors rookies Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross, and Quincy Acy Monday’s Media Day was another step toward settling in with their new city and team.

Ross and Acy seem to have formed an especially strong friendship as both players shared stories of hanging out with each other to members of the media.

“He’ll either come to my house or I’ll go to his house,” said Ross. “Or we’ll go out everyday. We’ll go out to the mall. We’ll do something in Toronto so we’re just having fun with it right now.”

And Acy admits that having Ross around has been a huge help in terms of adjusting to life in the NBA.

“We hangout all the time,” Acy said. “He’s like a brother already. We’re going through the whole process together and we talk to each other everyday.

While Valanciunas is still acclimatizing to North American life, one may expect to see him walking around the city with Linus Kleiza. But according to Acy, the seven-foot Lithuanian is often joining Ross and himself away from the basketball court.

“We actually went out to eat and he didn’t know what valet parking was,” said Acy to the amusement of the assembled reporters. “They asked him for his keys and he looked at me like ‘what?” Everybody’s getting adjusted and it’s fun to do it together.”

It seems the veteran players are also providing assistance to the three rookies.

The young and energetic Acy seemed especially happy with the way that some of the older and more experienced players are helping him out.

“Everybody does a great job of being hands-on and just seeing if I’m alright and making sure I know everything.”

Ross echoed the sentiment and believes communication with the older players will do a lot to help him improve his game.”

“Just talk to the vets,” he said. “I think practice will sort that out. And really just ask all the guys. Get their advice, pick their brains, and put in work.”
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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And there is no such thing like valet parking in Lithuania, so no wonder he didn't know. Also looks like Val is not a big fan of movies, otherwise he would know about valet parking from them. But that's a good thing - he doesn't waste his free time on TV!
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I really like these guys, hope they work out here.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think they will... There's a misconception that people don't wanna play in Toronto. Most professional like this City,what really holds them back is the lack of winning but if the Raptors become a successful franchise in the next 3-5 years,TO will be a more attractive free agent destination. For now,they have to build from the ground through the draft and it helps that the newer players fall in love with Toronto almost instantly.
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