Remember that his strength is his wingspan, not the size.
i think the pic is just misleading somehow look at the difference where there knees and shoulder are. unless tross is a giraffe this doesnt make sense
Here is a photo showing JV to be 216 cm in street shoes. He is likely slightly taller in basketball shoes. 214 cm is over 7 feet.
Edit: as well with the picture on ESPN, it looks like the camera height is at or slightly below Paul's eye-level, which is going to be more accurate for things at that height. In the Raptors photo, it looks like camera height is probably chest-level, which is going to increase the perspective problems. Just look at Ross's shoulders! His right shoulder is about three to four inches higher than his left. Which is why I mentioned comparing the shoulder heights of JV and Ross in the photo, because their shoulders are pretty close together, making it one of the few places where a useful comparison can be done.
Last edited by octothorp; Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 11:49 AM.
Amazing, a NY Post article not talking negatively about us:
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_...#ixzz267fZ7TqvKnicks' Chandler among difficult tests for Raptors rookie
By TIM BONTEMPS
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 year’s draft behind Anthony Davis if he’d been in this year’s 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 I’m 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 NBA’s trading card partner for the past four years.
“I’m not expecting to beat those guys from the start, but I’m going to work hard and prove that I can play with those guys.”
The 20-year-old from Lithuania already got some exposure this summer, when he was a member of his country’s Olympic team in London. Valanciunas and his teammates gave Team USA one of its most difficult games of the tournament, leading 82-80 with less than seven minutes remaining before the U.S. eventually won 99-94.
Valanciunas spent that game matched up against Chandler, the starting center for Team USA.
“I had a great experience,” said Valanciunas, who was the fifth pick in the 2011 draft and played professionally last year in Lithuania.
“The Olympics are the best [competition] I could get this summer. I got a lot of experience playing against USA’s 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 … we’re gonna try to win games.
“I’m excited. I’ve heard [Toronto] is a great city. I’m looking forward to moving there. It’s [a great] opportunity … it’s going to be good.”
I didn't read anything negative there. EDIT: But then again, this article is 90% quotes. It's not really saying anything at all, lol.
Last edited by Nilanka; Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 08:35 AM.
I know this is old, but I just found it...
Skip to the 40 second mark for both these videos
sounds better speaking English
than Jose Calderon.
His pronounciation might be better. I doubt his English is anywhere near Jose's though
By the way, this is very off-topic, but in my sig, did I get the Lithuanian right?
(Iš Lietuvos, skaičius septyniolika)
Sweeeeeet. Let's hope Herbie Kuhn can pronounce that!
Statistical Expectations for Jonas Valanciunas
when compared to "top 10" big men of this decade in their rookie seasons:
I'm expecting 9ppg 8rpg 1.5bpg
No, the most accurate translation and fitting the subject matter would be 'septynioliktas numeris'...
Wait, what are we doing here again?..
Currently reading a local interview with JV about leaving Lithuania for NBA (I think it's today's).
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