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Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:231 lbs. / 104.8 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:231 lbs. / 104.8 kg.
Valanciunas did not have the breakout season that the Raptors hoped, and looked overmatched against Washington’s Marcin Gortat and Nene. His development came in fits and starts, and his place in the modern NBA is uncertain, given the abundance of fast guards and small lineups. Still, from a pure supply-and-demand perspective, Valanciunas is extremely valuable: a 7-footer who can protect the rim, score in the post and hit his free throws. The Raptors will likely explore extending him.
As the series renders Valanciunas’s skill set less than integral, though, it is difficult not to project forward a bit. The Raptors can offer Valanciunas a contract extension any time before Oct. 31. The obvious reference point would be the four-year, US$53-million contract the Magic gave Nikola Vucevic in the off-season. Vucevic is a worse rim protector than Valanciunas is, but they are similarly limited defensively.
Ryan Wolstat: Valanciunas said “no excuses” but bet on neither team shooting that badly in remaining games. Early start horrible for Raptors, particularly
The Raptors’ centre of attention was a no-go for last night’s tip against the Heat. For Jonas Valanciunas, this was one night he could miss following the birth of his first child, a baby boy. Valanciunas, who normally starts at centre for the Raptors, is expected to be available for Sunday night’s home game versus Portland.
Eric Koreen: Jonas Valanciunas won’t play vs Miami tonight. He is a new father to Jonas Jr., born last night.
“And I’ve said it before, it’s just not basketball plays. But the referees, they take care of it. They decide what [type of foul] it is or not. That’s what we got rules for. And for me, I need to maintain my focus and understand how important the game is, but at the same time, protect myself as well.”
Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas wrapped James up around the neck and shoulders as he drove the lane with 18.8 seconds left in the third quarter. The infraction was initially whistled as a common foul before being upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 after an official’s review of the video replay. “I don’t want to get too much involved in it because I don’t want to cry about it because it’s not like I’m not able to get back up, but it’s a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays,” said James, who was kicked in the groin Sunday by Houston’s James Harden, resulting in a one-game suspension for the Rockets swingman.
Eric Koreen: Derozan to Valanciunas on Goodwin dunk: “you’re going to be espn all night, dawg. Don’t turn on the tv.” Val was joking about it before
23 Dec 14
Dalembert said there was talk about the Knicks sending the tape to the NBA to attempt to reverse the call. “He was a little exaggerating,’’ Dalembert said. “Maybe the way it looked on TV wasn’t what it was. If I really hit him, he’d be really like …’’ Dalembert recently lost his starting job, but coach Derek Fisher started him to open the second half. The Knicks already were depleted with Amar’e Stoudemire taking another “recovery day’’ and not making the trip. “I was upset,’’ Dalembert said. “It was the first time in my career I got kicked out. I didn’t like the fact … I didn’t try to do anything intentionally. We were all physical down there.’’
Dalembert claimed he was the recipient of a Valanciunas elbow earlier in the game and was simply trying to break free of his opponent’s hold. Under NBA rules, the league reviews flagrant-2 infractions for possible suspensions. “I did see the replay,’’ Dalembert told The Post while mingling with his Canadian relatives. “Honestly, if I really wanted to hit him, he wouldn’t be playing right now. He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’
FIBA Europe announced Player of the Year candidates. There are 10 players candidates for the award: Alessandro Gentile, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Boris Diaw, Dirk Nowitzki, Goran Dragic, Jonas Valanciunas, Milos Teodosic, Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez, Tony Parker.
Bayno likes what he’s seeing from Valanciunas, particularly these past three or four games, but cautions there’s still growth to be made. Where the officials are concerned Bayno says he’s on Valanciunas about his body language and appeals to the refs when calls aren’t made. It’s a fine line getting your point across so the officials are watching a little more closely the next time and simply annoying them to the point where they’re reluctant to even give you the calls you deserve. “(From) the young guys they don’t want to hear it,” Bayno said of the officials. “He’s been better but he’s still got to get better at the body language and just play through it and trust that you are getting better at getting the calls. You are using your body better.”
29 Oct 14
Eric Smith: no surprise… the #raptors have announced they’ve exercised the options on both Valanciunas & Ross. Both now signed through 205-16 #RTZ
Jonas Valanciunas gave DeMarcus Cousins an elbow to the throat while boxing out. Boogie reacted and almost punched Valanciunas in the back of the head. Cousins got a technical. Valanciunas got… to watch his back when the Raptors play the Kings next season. Amazingly, this can be considered restraint and a sign of maturity on the part of Boogie Cousins. A year ago, he might have thrown a punch. Make no mistake, the FIBA officials are decidedly bad. USA leads 43-35 at the half.
Ryan Wolstat: The Raptors just gave Greg Stiemsma a camp invite. Jonas Valanciunas and Stiemsma aren’t exactly friends. Valanciunas and Stiemsma had a bit of a disagreement earlier last season. Valanciunas insinuated that the vet was trying to punk him.
The drunk-driving case against a member of the Toronto Raptors has been dropped. On Tuesday, the Crown advised the court that there was “not a reasonable prospect of conviction” in pursing charges against Jonas Valanciunas. The 22-year-old NBA centre from Lithuania was charged by Huronia West OPP in early April after police alleged Valanciunas drove a vehicle through a drive-thru restaurant in Wasaga Beach with open beer bottles in plain view.
Jonas Valanciunas will work out with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer. Olajuwon has worked out with many of the game’s big men, most notably Amar’e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard. Olajuwon is also credited with improving the mid-post game of Kobe Bryant.
When the lights shone brightest, the 21-year-old sophomore struggled, making just one basket in his 27 minutes and letting the smaller Nets do far too much damage on the boards. Valanciunas admitted that nerves got to him, that he barely slept on Saturday night, too concerned with what was to come. “I have to learn how to deal with pressure, how to be able to help a team,” said Valanciunas candidly. “I’ve got to do better job of controlling my head. So, that’s the next step, next year. I’m going to play better next time.”