Valanciunas: "I like challenges"
Old 09-11-2012, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Knicks' Chandler among difficult tests for Raptors rookie - NYPOST.com

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Jonas Valanciunas is in for a steep learning curve in his rookie year.
The Raptors center who likely would have been the No. 2 pick in this years draft behind Anthony Davis if hed been in this years draft will have to go up against Tyson Chandler, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett and Andrew Bynum this year in the Atlantic Division.

But Valanciunas, the fifth pick in the 2011 draft who then spent last season playing in Europe, is looking forward to going up against each of them all season long.

I like challenges, because Im a young guy and I have to improve myself in this league, and challenges are going to help me, he said last month at the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot with Panini, the NBAs trading card partner for the past four years.

Im not expecting to beat those guys from the start, but Im going to work hard and prove that I can play with those guys.
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The Olympics are the best [competition] I could get this summer. I got a lot of experience playing against USAs Dream Team, a lot of different teams like Argentina, France there were a lot of great players.

The Raptors made several moves to improve their team this summer besides bringing Valanciunas over from Europe. They traded for Kyle Lowry, signed former Knick Landry Fields, drafted guard Terrence Ross and should have Andrea Bargnani back healthy after he spent much of last season sidelined with a lingering calf injury.

We have a young team, Valanciunas said. We have energy, speed were gonna try to win games.

Im excited. Ive heard [Toronto] is a great city. Im looking forward to moving there. Its [a great] opportunity its going to be good.
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