All this talk of summer league got me thinking of the co-MVP of last season: Damian lillard and josh selby.
One is ROY and the other is likely out of the league.
One knock against jv for summer league is the ball dominance of guards and lack of team play.
Summer league should be hey look at me league
Happy 21st Birthday to our franchise, Jonas Valanciunas!
Well he's got good b-day present for himself, so I don't think I need to wish him anything. Well unless, remain simple as you were before coming to Toronto.
Jonas Valanciunas turns 21 today. Or, in the minds of pessimistic Raptors fans, even closer to his inevitable decline.— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) May 6, 2013
He's legal now in the states.
Happy birthday big man!
Watching Joakim noah only makes me even more excited about JV's future. This guy is going to be something else
"You never heard of DeMar just google him, the defense don't know what to do wit him"
I don't think that JV's motor is any worse than Noah's to be honest. It was his first year playing in other side of the world, for a relatively crappy team (not much to get excited about), while Noah is playing in a playoff calibre team. If you watched Jonas playing with his junior national teams, his motor, relentlesness and leadership was undeniable.
Last edited by omgsomuchpotential; Tue May 7th, 2013 at 06:25 PM.
Another thing is Noah's ability to run the floor very well for a big guy, I think Jonas showed that he has some potential in that area as well:
The Lithuanian national team head coach, Jonas Kazlauskas, confirmed on Tuesday that Jonas Valanciunas will be on his 12-man squad that will travel to Slovenia for EuroBasket 2013.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital Vilnius, Kazlauskas explained that the 21-year-old center will miss the start of preparations, on 15 July, but will join the national team's training camp at a later stage.
Valanciunas, who just completed his rookie NBA season with the Toronto Raptors, will play in the NBA's summer league in July.
"The delay will not be so long that we should start to panic," Kazlauskas commented.Following almost 20 days of training camp on home soil, Lithuania will play two back-to-back warm-up games against Belgium on 5 and 6 August and then against Sweden, on 12 and 14 August.
Lithuania will then face F.Y.R. Of Macedonia, who are also their opponents in the First Round of the EuroBasket, in Skopje, before returning home to play host to Russia, Finland, Italy and the Czech Republic.
The Baltic nation's team will then participate in a tournament in Athens where they will measure forces against another of their First Round opponents, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as against hosts Greece and Italy.
They will conclude their friendly games with an encounter in Vilnius against Georgia on 1 September, three days before the EuroBasket tips off.
I think this schedule is the best of both worlds for JV.
Hopefully get a couple of weeks minimum before training camp kicks off for Toronto.
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
So I guess the working with Hakeem thing fell through? DAM! I thought that would have been great for him.