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Acie 10-02-2012 08:20 AM

Val already showing teammates he can play physical
 
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Big men coming over from Europe to play in the NBA go through a learning process as established big men test the newcomers’ mettle.

While he can’t recall a particular moment or play when this was made clear to him, Bargnani says it definitely exists.

“It was a process where I realized how the NBA is hard and playing against the best players in the world I had to work harder. I don’t think there was one play where I realized that.”

But having watched and played against Valanciunas in scrimmages this past month, Bargnani has no doubt that the Lithuanian can handle whatever comes his way.

“Physicality is definitely going to be a big factor,” Bargnani said, “but he is not afraid of that.”

Nor does he back down as, Amir Johnson learned.

“There’s going to be a lot of players that are going to test him and I’ve tried to do that in practice for him,” Johnson said. “Just throw a couple of elbows at him and let him learn how to deal with that.”

According to Johnson, Valanciunas didn’t just absorb the punishment, he pushed back.

But Johnson still has one more piece of advice for Valanciunas.

“You just have to show them on the court. Get in there and throw some elbows of your own,” Johnson said. “Maybe throw an elbow on purpose just to show them you’re not a wimp.”
LINK - Toronto Sun

thought 10-02-2012 08:34 AM

awesome thanks acie. it's good to have raptors news again.

Zalgiris 10-02-2012 08:43 AM

European basketball is tougher, why does everyone think that soft NBA rules are that scary under the basket? Valanciunas is going to be just fine

Deez 10-02-2012 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Zalgiris (Post 684673)
European basketball is tougher, why does everyone think that soft NBA rules are that scary under the basket? Valanciunas is going to be just fine



It's not just the rules to get used to. It's also the players....bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic. I know he was not a big man, but I still remember Roko Ukic on his way back home saying he would never have believed that players could be that long, that fast and could jump that high. JV is going to see some things he has not seen before and then he'll just have to adjust, hopefully quickly.

DocHoliday99 10-02-2012 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Zalgiris (Post 684673)
European basketball is tougher, why does everyone think that soft NBA rules are that scary under the basket? Valanciunas is going to be just fine

Well JV is from Europe and we all know Europeans are soft as jelly fish :cookie:

DocHoliday99 10-02-2012 09:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Acie (Post 684670)

Wonder if Amir will get a fine for saying that - though I 100% agree with him I probably wouldn't have said it to a reporter. :mischief:

Superjudge 10-02-2012 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Ammo (Post 684816)
It's not just the rules to get used to. It's also the players....bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic. I know he was not a big man, but I still remember Roko Ukic on his way back home saying he would never have believed that players could be that long, that fast and could jump that high. JV is going to see some things he has not seen before and then he'll just have to adjust, hopefully quickly.

He will be more prepared for it all than the other top rookies will.

box92 10-02-2012 11:09 PM

oh this got me excited :dancing:

jeffb 10-02-2012 11:14 PM

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According to Johnson, Valanciunas didn’t just absorb the punishment, he pushed back.

:clapping:

JoeyJoJo Shabbadu 10-02-2012 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Zalgiris (Post 684673)
European basketball is tougher, why does everyone think that soft NBA rules are that scary under the basket? Valanciunas is going to be just fine

Dont understand it either.

Obi-Wan Quinnobi 10-03-2012 12:27 AM

I know this is off topic, but im playing 2k13 and they gave JV a rank of 59! thats lower than scala and rasual HAHAHA! we are really hated in the NBA

Led Boots 10-03-2012 05:19 AM

He's from a broke ass cold as hell Lithuanian factory city. I doubt he's too soft.

Deez 10-03-2012 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by DocHoliday99 (Post 684819)
Wonder if Amir will get a fine for saying that - though I 100% agree with him I probably wouldn't have said it to a reporter. :mischief:

Sam Mitchell told the media that he told his players to "ring them bells" (hit a guy in the nuts) if they were being held or picked. Nothing came of that.

myklue 10-03-2012 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Quinn (Post 684854)
I know this is off topic, but im playing 2k13 and they gave JV a rank of 59! thats lower than scala and rasual HAHAHA! we are really hated in the NBA

im going to buy it for PC today. 59? wow thats bad, you know it's really off if the rest of the draft class that was picked below him are rated higher. but I doubt it, 59 is already really low.

carp 10-03-2012 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Ammo (Post 684869)
Sam Mitchell told the media that he told his players to "ring them bells" (hit a guy in the nuts) if they were being held or picked. Nothing came of that.

are you sure Mitchell was referencing the nuts or the common phrase of knocking a guy around to ring his bell, and thus ring them bells with them being the other team's players.....

BletKurvaNX 10-03-2012 02:29 PM

2k14 gonna have him with about 65 not more. after couple of years he might get 70. but i doubt he will ever raise higher than 75

jeffb 10-03-2012 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Quinn (Post 684854)
I know this is off topic, but im playing 2k13 and they gave JV a rank of 59! thats lower than scala and rasual HAHAHA! we are really hated in the NBA

Which is laughable considering the media in the US has been saying that he would have been #2 in this years draft. Oh well, i edited him and he's 80 now. :D

wchoi213 10-03-2012 03:52 PM

Just hoping that Val can bulk up to 250-60 lbs, so that he won't be pushed around and get injured from body contact. If he can do so, and manage himself to earn 30+ minutes playing time with 10+ RPG, 2+ BPG, then we will become the FIRST witness of "EUROPEAN TWIN TOWER"!!!

Dario 10-03-2012 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by wchoi213 (Post 684966)
Just hoping that Val can bulk up to 250-60 lbs, so that he won't be pushed around and get injured from body contact. If he can do so, and manage himself to earn 30+ minutes playing time with 10+ RPG, 2+ BPG, then we will become the FIRST witness of "EUROPEAN TWIN TOWER"!!!

hes already 257 pounds lol

Edit: just checked the site again, now hes 231?

Nites 10-03-2012 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ChristTrip (Post 684973)
hes already 257 pounds lol

Edit: just checked the site again, now hes 231?

Ya he's 231 now.


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