JĖGAAAAAA!!!

Members
  • Content Count

    24
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by JĖGAAAAAA!!!

  1. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I think such thread would be interesting. Some Grizzlies players will compete in the tournament, plenty of other top NBA guys too will play for their teams. And though I was suggested to open it into the "Off topic" section, but how can this be "Off topic" if the 2014 WC relates directly to the Grizzlies and the NBA league as a whole? We could look into and discuss players playing in the different environment, new tactics, new strategies. Maybe NBA will take some from it, maybe Grizzlies could tweak their game a little bit too. Guys, let me know, what do you think. Is this thread an "Off topic", or we should keep it here? JV brought pretty big international followers to this board, it could be fun
  2. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Link to the game: https://www.krepsinis.net/naujiena/draugiskas-macas-serbija-lietuva-tiesiogine-vaizdo-transliacija/297131 Serbians are "heavy favorites' over LTU in China. I wonder, who they hire to make "predictions". LTU misses just two guys: best coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius and pretty good big, 7'1'' Donatas Motiejūnas. Artūras Gudaitis would be very useful too, but even without him - LTU has plenty of other options to play differently.
  3. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Post completely deleted. 💨 -toke
  4. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Win totals (Over/Under) for 2019-20 season

    With the current roster changes 36-46. Team is young, healthy, ready to play.
  5. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Usually, when players join training camp - they are not in their best shape. That's why training camp exist. At first, guys work on stamina, strength. Second - they work on speed, quickness, agility. The last - they work on their personal an team game. Drilling some sets into perfection (on offense), working till passing out on different defensive variations. If JV had put on couple more pounds - that's all good. It would be much worse if he was starving himself to become a stretch 3 and a male model for the Versaci house
  6. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    It was so sad. Dražen was just getting into his own in the NBA. He had so many good years ahead of him. RIP.
  7. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I'm from Chicago, but I was born and raised in Lithuania. That's why when I saw your username "Lugan Village" - everything was more or less clear to me
  8. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Lithuanian bigs? What about Domantas Sabonis (he is getting better with every passing day), Donatas Motiejūnas (can't comprehend the fall-out between him and head coach Adomaitis), Artūras Gudaitis (extremely efficient, but had a bad injury playing for Olympia, Milan), and there are 5-7 youngsters coming up through the junior teams. SF - loaded, we have good SG in Grigonis. PG position after Šarūnas Jasikevičius got old and retired was always a problem - not anymore now. We have Lukas Lekavičius, couple other solid PGs play in the LKL, Mantas Kalnietis is still serviceable. Arnas Velička is just 19, but already ready for the senior team. Rokas Jokūbaitis is a another gem in the making, under the wing of Jasikevičius in "Žalgiris" organization. So no, Lithuanian basketball is in good shape. Even if someone is not available due to injuries in their club competition, or are ready to give up the spot in the senior team to younger guys - not a tragedy at all. Prior years, Arvydas Sabonis retired from the national Team after 1999 EC, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas had to take care of his body. Even then he was willing to play - no insurance was available to him. Macijauskas and Kleiza retired too early, knee problems. But plenty of young and good guys are ready to take their place. If everything will go smoothly during the preparation for the WC - LTU team will be very formidable. And JV - he is one of the best C in FIBA rules basketball on both ends of the floor. Once again - it is going to be a celebration of basketball in China, and good luck to all teams. Let the best ones share the podium and show an example to all young basketball players all around the world how beautiful this game is. If played the right way.
  9. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Oh boy... You got me completely wrong. Arvydas Sabonis got injuries started in 1985, 34 years ago. Lithuania at time enjoyed the occupation from USSR. Training facilities and medical care for the athletes were medieval, the best... Big Z's injuries started in 1994. The country just got independent and underwent bigger economical recession than USA during the Big Depression. Some training facilities even were not heated during the cold months due to the Russians blockade of oil, gas and everything else. Robertas Javtokas was just a young fool. 6'11" dude took a bike ride with the speedy Yamaha or Honda bike. Now everybody knows - don't ride bikes or go skying or do other stuff. it's their contracts, it's in the insurance policies. Lithuanian basketball got all that "experience" the hard way. Now they are extremely cautious and careful with their approach to the players health. I think since Euro 2003, when Lithuania won it all and kicked butt to the young Paul Gasol I can't recall ANY serious injury during the preparation cycle and actual competitions. You may express your wants and don't wants, concerns and worries, but JV is a seasoned pro. Playing for the LTU Team in China will help him to prepare for the next NBA season. Always, after summers spent in Lithuania, JV would join raptors team in an exceptional shape. And if JV felt that playing in the WC would impeded his pro career in the NBA - he wouldn't play. and nobody would cry a river, LTU has plenty of quality bigs. So, my dear Grizzlies fan - relax, it's all good
  10. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Don't tell me that. Lithuanian basketball National Team or clubs or players had a horror story with injuries. Starting with Arvydas Sabonis, not yet in his prime, but by majority of basketball experts labeled as the best player in the world (including, yes, NBA), rupturing his Achilles tendon twice!!! After that he was like 10%-20% of his old self. Big Z and his feet problem. Guy even considering retiring, but somehow manged through. Extremely athletic C Robertas Javtokas went for a motorcycle ride - destroyed his knee in the accident completely. And the list goes on and on, and on... We are talking not about very good Lithuanian bball players, we are talking about the best Hopefully, with the current advancement in the sports medicine, training and preparation, post injury recoveries - basketball world will have less problems with their best players taken out of action because of some very unlucky injuries, accidents, diseases and etc. At least myself now I am less worried about something bad and unexpected happening. BTW, maybe JJJ could join LTU training camp. Exceptional fitness program and during preparation and friendlies he could develop a feeling to play with JV. That would be smart, fun, and will provide immediate results when the NBA regular season starts.
  11. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I am new here but I am not new in the world of sports. When Big Z (Žydrūnas Ilgauskas) played in Lithuania for the Kauno "Atletas" team, under head coach Vladas Garastas - Big Z started feeling pains in his foot. Garastas dismissedbasi it as a concern, called Ilgauskas "fake", pushed him to play through the pain. Lithuanians and Cavaliers fans remember very well how it went down. Big Z had more titanium in his feet than bones. You brought up the story with Marc, I recollected Big Z's path. What does it have to do with JV? JV is different type of C. He is not a "leaper", his vertical reach is insane, basically he is doing his wrestling job in the paint without leaving the ground much. Another thing (actually, couple things) - He is a grown up man, JV has a grown man's strength. JV NEVER had any chronic problems with his body. Strong back, strong arms, strong legs, strong feet, strong head and neck. It's a pretty rare thing for somebody so tall. Sure, injuries to any player is a bad thing for everybody. But somehow, after watching JV play since he was 15, I think JV will be all-right and we don't need to crap our pants because of something that might happen.
  12. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    JV might hurt unintentionally his direct competition in the NBA. Or JV might set a screen - and the dude is knocked out cause he ran into a brick wall. You shouldn't worry about JV being hurt. He was out of the NBA couple times when somebody broke something in his body, or when he landed on somebodies foot (Dwayne Wade for example) and sprained his ankle.
  13. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2014, China

    I think such thread would be interesting. Some Grizzlies players will compete in the tournament, plenty of other top NBA guys too will play for their teams. And though I was suggested to open it into the "Off topic" section, but how can this be "Off topic" if the 2014 WC relates directly to the Grizzlies and the NBA league as a whole? We could look into and discuss players playing in the different environment, new tactics, new strategies. Maybe NBA will take some from it, maybe Grizzlies could tweak their game a little bit too. Guys, let me know, what do you think. Is this thread an "Off topic", or we should keep it here? JV brought pretty big international followers to this board, it could be fun
  14. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I just want to share with my own experience, gathered through many decades being involved directly in athletic activity. Plenty of members here too are not just casual fans, but have been there, done that. i like then discussion is not simplified to the bare bones: "Yeah, he made a basket, he is special..." Next possession: "He missed an easy lay-up, good for nothing worthless scrub". Sorry, I'm busy working, but i think you are getting me. I'm all about positive contributions
  15. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    All classes are attended equally? I just want to be sure that if i put some time in providing with some useful materials - they will not let to sit and collect dust in nobodies minds
  16. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    JV plays a C for the LTU and Domantas Sabonis is extremely versatile big PF. Could give us plenty insight of how JV and JJJ could co-exist productively on the floor together. LTU team always had a strong, big front line. Grizzlies could find something interesting that should fit their style of play next season. Even games with no Grizzlies direct connection, but fielding big fronts should give plenty of necessary additional info. Knowledge is power. The level of the WC will like All-Stars games but for the real marbles.
  17. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Jonas Valanciunas signs for 3 years/45M

    LTU's road to Bronze medals in 2010. We lost to USA in semi's. Certain Kevin Durant lit us up with 38 points, but we still fought to the end, losing 94-99. Mačiulis was guarding unarguable KD that game. And KD was "in the zone" :
  18. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Jonas Valanciunas signs for 3 years/45M

    After the job is done, it's time to CELEBRATE!!! Country is meeting Lithuanian NT returning with bronze medals from the FIBA 2010 World Championship in Vilnius City Hall square: Famous Linas Kleiza interview during the meeting. "No we don't drink. Just some Sprite". Yeahhh, right :
  19. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Jonas Valanciunas signs for 3 years/45M

    Ha ha ha, imagine Maciulis is visited by his team-mates Javtokas, Javtokas brother (Ivan Drago is an innocent kid comparing him to Arturas Javtokas. 6'10, but his face would give Ivan Drago nightmares), JV and couple other dudes picking up Jonas Maciulis kid's wearing the hoodies. "Soccer moms" would dial 911 immediately with their shaking hands and go to the church because they would think think that they just saw some kind of demons from the Hell. Yep, WC will be coming up soon. BTW, I personally know a lot of LTU and not just LTU bbal players, but sharing the stories would be a breach of "dudes" code
  20. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Jonas Valanciunas signs for 3 years/45M

    I think for sure it is going to be on ESPN. Talent level on some teams is just crazy. Luka Doncic, Jokic, Spain team, Greek team, Serbian team, and plenty others. I don't exactly know which teams made it to the WC, will look deeper into their rosters and chances later. Naturally, biggest insight I have on LTU team. I watched all these elite pros since they were kids. I'll repeat - JV is hitting it's prime, while Domantas Sabonis is a beast ready to be unleashed. Could be fun. Just I don't want to "over exert" myself. Soon training camps will start. After - plenty of friendlies between elite teams. Friendlies are always fun. Head coaches are hiding their primary strategies and tactics, they try to see what else can work and so on. This WC is going to be like an All-Stars game, just for real. For a very serious marbles. LTU team was so close to compete for the Gold in Olympics, in Turkey 2010 Fiba championship they played beautiful bball. But always came short. Now nobody takes for granted that USA will be a 100% winner. Every game matters, every play matters.
  21. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Jonas Valanciunas signs for 3 years/45M

    JV and Domantas are tough as nails. Mačiuls eats nails for a lite snack. I don't know about him. He, and Paulius Jankūnas had some lingering injuries last season. And both have long mileage playing for the LTU national team. I'm sure that if they both are healthy and not too tired - they will join the team. But I don't know their current status and intentions. I'll update later, I think I'll start a thread about FIBA 2019 WC in China. LTU team is loaded in every position, but sadly some bad injuries will prevent couple good guys from participation. Gudaitis, extremely efficient and effective back-up C had a bad injury, I don't know if he is on preliminary head coach's Adomaitis squad. I know for sure that Doantas Motiejūnas is not. He is an exceptional PF, can play C too. He got bleeped by the Rockets GM Morey and left NBA. What Morey did - should serve as a good example for the any NBA player. Beware whom you trust. Morey cut Motiejūnas career in the NBA and deprived him from 100-200 mils lifetime earning in the league. Another kick in the balls Motiejūnas received from the HC of LTU team Adomaitis. Some kind of fall-out happened between these two, which later developed into the stupid soap drama. Right now Motiejūnas is healthy as a horse, always a patriot, but Adomaitis acts like revengeful ex, spilling dirt on the guy. Just sad and stupid. All of guys on the LTU NT began playing for the different youth teams since the age of 15. They are all friends and have a great time together. Play for the National Team gives them joy and pride. Anyway, LTU team in China will be loaded, like many other teams too. Serious contender for ANY kind of medals. Can't wait for the FIBA WC to start, can't wait for the new NBA season to start. Both JV and Sabonis could an All-Star team next season. That would be fun. The proof that Lithuanian basketball school is able to produce top level athletes. We'll see.
  22. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Jonas Valanciunas signs for 3 years/45M

    Yep. Starting C for the LTU is JV, starting PF is Domantas Sabonis. On defense, LTU paint will be a "No Trespassing" place.
  23. Very "on the right pointers" insight into Jv and Grizzlies team in general. JV ALWAYS earned his paycheck, providing play above his contract numbers. Very good decision was made by Grizllies to re-sign JV for a very reasonable amount. With current resurgence of C position and importance in the game (C became much,much more versatile, with JV becoming one of the best examples), having JV manning C position and OWNING the paint - right guy for the right job for the team on a right path. Can't wait for the next season to start. JV could even be an All-Star next season, he just needs minutes on the floor.
  24. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    Who are the scrubs on our team?

    Agreed. Though Plumlee ia a"functional"scrub. He is who he is. 8-12 of the bench, or to be used in case of emergency. Plumlee knows all the ins and outs of the NBA, just lacks talent or athletic abilities to be "non-scrub". As an NBA player he top-out.