how scared were you when you saw him go down grabbing his throat because of kobe's elbow - at least he's getting experience in attacking wing players going at him
I think this is great actually. I've felt since he was drafted that the fans around here have been setting themselves up for disappointment. He's very young, he has a lot to learn and it's going to take time to put it all together. Hopefully this will lower expectations a little to a level where there won't be that many "trade JV" threads in the fall... Although I'm banking on a couple before the new year...
Walking like I'm already there.
1. JV has potential to have 1 great game. if he starts rolling 1 time - coach will milk everything from him - however, that didn't happen yet. he had couple of decent games back in EU championship last year - and he got to play over 20 mins because of that.
2. JV is the only decent C we got. Kavaliauskas is low lvl player and Songaila is veteran PF - and you can throw Songaila in any time - because he doesn't need to get rolling - he is expierenced enough to play good whenever you put him on the court.
3. JV is young - young players tend to lack confidence - if you want to build that confidence up for 1 game - what do you do? you start the youngster.
so basicly what Kemzura is doing all this time - is trying to find that one game for JV that he can play a lot. but JV just doesn't perform this year at all for whatever reason. so when Kemzura sees that JV is not doing well - he benches him - tries it again at third Q. and if it doesn't happen - benches him again ad waits for next game to try out JV. coach can't let JV play trough his mistakes - these games are way too IMPORTANT.
so please stop blaming the coach. he is doing the best he can with this squad. and he did fairly good work vs USA.
Today Valanciunas was benched after interaction with Kobe in 3rd Q (see video bellow). Kobe just sent a message : welcome to NBA.. kick in the balls and elbow to the neck.
The only thing i don't understand why coach does not let him play again in 4th Q..
I'm not saying that the coach isn't trying his best. Just seems like he should give Jonas a little bit more of a chance. At least once, you have to let young players play through mistakes, otherwise they will be so worried about being benched that they are bound to make more mistakes.
Ultimately, I think if the coach has the mentality that you say he has, Jonas must be feeling so much pressure to dominate early on and not screw up, that he forgets to play the game the way he knows how.
Sure, he's young, but it's not like letting him play through a couple of fouls is going to dramatically alter the destiny of his national team.
Walking like I'm already there.
my theory is that he's starting as sort of a showcase of lithuania's future and possibly it's biggest nba star, then they give the rest of the minutes to more experienced guys who have put in time on the national team
Pretty good article.
Yeah not bad. A lot more informative than looking at the box score and/or blaming the coach.
Scola is more than just OK in the NBA. His energy is inspiring. He was amnestied because of contract and Houston's youth movement. He has landed on his feet in Phoenix.
Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic:Scola's attitude has been known to inspire teammates. He plays relentlessly, grabbing and fighting for every loose ball. He has great hands. He sticks up for teammates. He does the stuff that isn't always glamorous. That's not an easy mentality to sustain. ... A longtime nemesis of the Suns, Ginobili is well aware of Scola's new franchise. He was asked to give a candid assessment to fans in Phoenix. "I've been playing with him for 15 years, I know him very well," Ginobili said. "He's definitely a hard worker, a hard-nosed player. He's going to run on every single possession. Up 20, down 20 or tied, he's going to play. He's going to try to play every game possible. He's not going to rest five games because he's tired." Translation: He won't be complaining about fatigue, using the Olympics as an excuse to report late or ease into his new surroundings. "He's going to try to play 82 (games), and he's a hell of a scorer," Ginobili said. "He has so many trick shots and mid-range shots. He became just lethal from the free-throw-line area. He can give you a lot."
His bread and butter appears to be screen and roll (no surprise there). He rolls well into a sweet spot and does a good job of using his size to seal off opponent. The problem thus far has been Lithuania has not had anyone capable of making a decent pass to him once he gets position.
He took some stupid fouls and we all have to hope he will understand the NBA game quicker so that gets stopped sooner.
Moves and jumps really well - will be a vacuum around the rim I think.
"I may be wrong ... but I doubt it"
JV is a project, but he has absolutely no hops.
Are you disappointed in Chandler's play? He's averaging 5 pts per game.
Val doesn't have much chance to do well, not only is he getting benched early and not even getting a chance to give his teammates a breather but nobody is looking for him out there. In the Nigeria game he was wide open off the pick and roll at least three times but they didn't get him the ball.
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Am I upset with Jonas Valanciunas's performance at the London Olympics? No, but I am not impressed either and I am starting to think he is far less ready and maybe more of a project than I assumed.
I can't see him averaging 24 mpg this year if he plays at the same level he is playing at the Olympics.
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