I think, ideally, working with Hakeem would be very good in the early part of the summer. Spend that time doing drills with Dream, absorbing any advice he has, so that JV can work it into his regimen for the whole summer. It shouldn't actually take anything away from what he'll work on later as he meets first with Raptors staff, then later with the national team.
*Also the article only mentions the team stuff JV is doing, both that he'll be at Summer League and at Eurobasket. They make no mention of individual training plans, which he'll clearly have.
Last edited by white men can't jump; Wed May 8th, 2013 at 12:01 PM.
Valanciunas takes so very long to decide what to do when he gets the ball in the post. That high dribble and indecisiveness is a recipe for disaster.
Regarding that chicken/egg argument, I'd say it's definitely because of the selfish and always chucking play by the wings (Gay, DD, AA). I hope the coaching staff will make some adjustments this off season and give Jonas at least 10-15 touches every game. It seems like he could average the same point average as Gay with half the amount of shots. You can't expect to be a playoff calibre team if you build your offense around Gay or DD.
Last edited by omgsomuchpotential; Sat May 11th, 2013 at 01:42 AM.
You could tell the difference Gay made in JV's game...Why? Because he showed him trust and acted like a true leader around him. He would look for him on the roll or in the post, showing confidence that JV could and should convert those opportunities. Finally there was a player (other than Amir) willing to pass to a big man to make the right play. And I'm a critic of Gay too, but the leadership difference he made, even if not astounding, was noticeable. Hopefully this trend continues, and I think JV's growth wil help that, as he seems like a natural leader. So hopefully, teammates will feel more accountable between them and look to make the right play more often.
Jonas needs a post move or two to his left to be less predictable.
I'd rather JV work on his court awareness, and passing in the post/out of double teams over post-work with Sabonis, right now that is. JV's post moves seem to be quite advanced for his age, and experience in the league. Seems to have the hang of the basic post movements, and later in the season, we were seeing more and more moves with his back to the basket, such as the fake, and left hand hook.
The reason I would rather him work with Sabonis, is because of his poor court awareness, bad passing out of double teams/post, and also quite predictable when trying to make a play out of it.
I think before he starts thinking about working with the best centers who ever played, he needs to get a twitter account first.
I think the only reason Tyler Zeller is on the team is because the Cavs had no one else to start when Varejao went down. His stats weren't that great, and his .438 FG% is horrific for big men. Can't use the excuse that he's a rookie, because JV's FG% was a full 10% higher.
Toronto + European + Lithuanian = undervalued
Ross won the dunk contest why isnt he on the rookie team?
silly NBA dunking is the only thing that matters!