Fresh off his MVP-winning performance at NBA Summer League, Jonas Valanciunas has joined Lithuania’s senior men’s national team as they ramp up training for the 2013 EuroBasket tournament in September.
Click the photos below for more pics of Valanciunas in training (complete with a new look) courtesy of http://www.basketnews.lt. If you speak or read Lithuanian, you’ll find even more articles and video there as well.
We’ll continue to track JV when Lithuania gets on court for a couple of friendlies next week (August 5th & 6th) against Belgium.
Here’s another guest post from MLSE Foundation Community Manager Kate Gustafson on this year’s edition of the Raptors Basketball Academy.
Since its inception in 2006, the Raptors Basketball Academy has been the only authentic NBA instructional camp in Canada. It’s a perfect fit for players who want to develop proper habits and build confidence, all the while taking part in a unique Raptors experience.
The camp is designed to give boys and girls, entry level and intermediate levels, the opportunity to develop their shooting, passing, ball handling and defense skills. The academy ...View Post...
A guest post from Kate Gustafson, MLSE Foundation Community Manager.
The Raptors are heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia with basketball development and community as part of their Training Camp focus. The Raptors intra-squad game on October 5 at the Halifax Metro Centre will provide a unique opportunity for fans to support both the team and their local community.
Tickets are available at participating AML Communications locations. For additional ticketing information, please visit www.ticketatlantic.com.
Supporting The Community
Last year, over $56,000 was raised at the intra-squad game in support of four deserving charitable organizations, with ...View Post...
We called for it in our Raptors NBA Summer League wrap up and it looks like the league was thinking the same way.
Congrats to Jonas Valanciunas for being named to the All-NBA Summer League Team AND earning NBA Summer League MVP honours!
Jonas Valanciunas has been named #NBASummerLeague MVP! He averaged 18.8 PTS (56.1% FG%), 10.0 REBS over 4 games for @Raptors
— NBA (@NBA) July 23, 2013
All-#NBASummerLeague Team: @KentBazemore20, GSW Jeff Taylor, CHA @_John_Henson_ , MIL Jonas Valanciunas, TOR @CodyZeller, CHA
— NBA (@NBA) July 23, 2013
Congrats JV! MVP MVP MVP! #Raptors
— ...View Post...
Thoughts after a wrapping up with the Raptors at another NBA Summer League experience in Las Vegas….
- This isn’t exactly an original sentiment and I fully acknowledge that it means nothing in the grand scheme, but Jonas Valanciunas was certainly Raptors MVP at NBA Summer League, should make the All-Tournament Team and deserves serious consideration for Summer League MVP. [EDIT: Done and DONE!]
We’ve mentioned his noticeable development in terms of size and skill. Now bring on EuroBasket 2013, where the competition should ramp up considerably.
Acy Takes Aim
- Quincy Acy will always ...View Post...
If the Raptors advance to the semis of the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship tournament, they’ll have to do it without Jonas Valanciunas.
Immediately prior to Saturday’s quarter-final matchup with the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors announced that Valanciunas sustained a sprained left index finger in Thursday’s game vs. Denver.
According to Raptors President of Basketball Operations and GM Masai Ujiri, the injury is not considered serious and Valanciunas is considered day-to-day.
Of course by sitting Valanciunas — quite ...View Post...
Quincy Acy flexing in a pretty great moment in Tuesday’s Summer League win over the Kings (via @QuincyAcy via @stackmack on Instagram).View Post...
What you see above is the result of seeding for the knockout round of the NBA’s inaugural Summer League Championship bracket. Here’s how it shakes out for the Raptors:
- As a result of their 2-1 record through the preliminary round, the Raptors found themselves among the top half of the 22 teams here in Las Vegas.
- The second tiebreaker however, is quarters “won” in the preliminary round. The Raptors outscored opponents in eight of 12 quarters through their first three games — good enough to get them the sixth seed ...View Post...
Jonas Valanciunas took some time out during an afternoon off in Las Vegas (where he’s been feasting on NBA Summer League opponents like it’s the buffet at the Bellagio) to take part in a photo shoot for Sportsnet Magazine’s upcoming NBA Preview edition.
Keep an eye out for that profile piece on Valanciunas this fall. In the meantime, we put BlackBerry’s Story Maker to work and the results are below.View Post...