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
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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...
Box Score | Photos | Video: T-Ross’ Reverse Slam & More Highlights
Jonas Valanciunas scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 82-76 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the final game of the third day of action at NBA Summer League 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada — Las Vegas.
San Antonio put up a fight down the stretch in the fourth, cutting the Raptors once-12 point lead to as few as two points, 78-76, with under ...View Post...
The only thing capable of stopping Jonas Valanciunas in his NBA Summer League debut might have been fatigue.
Valanciunas was a huge bright spot in an 81-72 Raptors loss to the Heat that didn’t really feel all that close when the final buzzer sounded at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 21-year-old came out of the gates with a ton of aggression and dominated inside on his way to a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds (three offensive).
Raptors fans should be familiar with ...View Post...