Val already showing teammates he can play physical
Old 10-02-2012, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.”
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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awesome thanks acie. it's good to have Raptors news again.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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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
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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.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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oh this got me excited
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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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
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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He's from a broke ass cold as hell Lithuanian factory city. I doubt he's too soft.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.....

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Old 10-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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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
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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.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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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"!!!
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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?
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hes already 257 pounds lol

Edit: just checked the site again, now hes 231?
Ya he's 231 now.
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