Jonas Has Landed

A great photo of Jonas Valanciunas upon his arrival to Toronto, courtesy of Jeff Landicho. Raptors training camp opens in 16 days….

 

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More Accolades For Valanciunas

 

We’ve had an excellent snapshot of Jonas Valanciunas thanks to the NBA TV Canada special “Centred” (which you can still see online ), but the big man is still finishing off regular-season play overseas and recently received some recognition from a couple of the leagues where his club team, Lietuvos Rytas, competes.

First up, is a poll on the official site of the VTB United League, where Lietuvos Rytas plays against some of the other top teams from Eastern and Northern Europe. When fans were asked who their choice was for […]

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Jonas Watch: Clowning Around…

Big thanks to @SMazalas who sent along more on the latest unique look for Raptors first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas pictured below, which he wore in support of Red Nose Day on a Lithuanian news broadcast.

“To be honest, I hadn’t heard about the Red Nose Day before, but I really liked the idea. It’s really nice to know that you can help the kids,” Valanciunas told LithuaniaBasketball.com. “It was fun. I’ll be back here in some twenty years.”

 

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Colangelo Talks Valanciunas

Jack Armstrong and I speak with Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo about first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas during Friday’s Raptors-Wizards game.

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Talking Valanciunas With Dzikic

It is past midnight in Lithuania but Alex Dzikic is still up.

The coach of Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius (metropolitan population 850,000) is happy to accommodate a reporter’s call from North America.

“Anytime,” he says. “Call anytime.”

Dzikic is a 40-year-old Serb and a key figure in the aspirations of the Toronto Raptors. He is not on the Raps’ payroll. That doesn’t mean his work won’t benefit the NBA team.

Dzikic is nursing 19-year-old Jonas Valanciunas through the  season that includes play in the Lithuanian league, the VTB United League as well as Eurocup […]

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