Centred: The Jonas Valanciunas Story aired Tuesday night on NBA TV Canada (formerly Raptors TV), and if you ask me, it was worth the wait. We can find a plethora of Valanciunas highlights online whenever we want. What I wanted, and I’m sure most Raptors fans wanted, was a glimpse into Jonas’ life and his character.

While we’re obviously only going to see the good side of a Raptors draft pick in a Raptors-produced feature, you really get the feeling that Valanciunas is a humble young man and an all around solid guy. If his on court potential is as good as advertised, and his off court demeanor is as reputable as it comes across on camera, then the Raptors should have themselves a gem of a centre for the forseeable future.

On another note, while there are things we can complain about when it comes to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and rightfully so as fans, one thing I’ve actually been impressed with is the quality of NBA TV Canada’s specials and such. Team-made features and specials often have a very corny, very amateur feel to them, but as you can tell from watching the feature’s four parts below, this was well shot, well edited and just well put together in general.

Thanks, as usual, to Raptors Community Manager Jay Satur for providing us with hard to find embed codes to be able to post Centred on RaptorBlog, and kudos to Jeff Landicho, Jeff Rochi and everyone involved with the project for the great work.

But enough with my raving about it. Here it is, Centred: The Jonas Valanciunas Story.

Can we just fast-forward to JV’s Raptors debut already?


Comments (3)

  1. That was really well done. Thanks for embedding the video here because it’s nice to have the option of watching something like this on demand.

    In a weird way, i feel bad for the kid, I understand that he’s the only guy in this organization that we can dream about and he’s the only guy that has the potential to get the fan base excited because he’s an unknown asset at this point but he’ll still be a 19-20 year old center when he enters the league next year so expectations have to be tempered.

    I really hope they’re able land a Davis, MKG or Barnes so they can take the attention off of Val.

  2. Well a lot of my countrymen are pointing out the similarities between him and rubio…while it is easier for a point guard to transition to a different style game imo i believe that for what he lacks in skill (currently) he will make up for with his determination…no one expects him to come in and average 20-10 but i believe maybe 8-8 for a rookie in 25-30 min would be decent start…of course he will have his ups and downs, most importantly is that he has a fellow Lithuanian on the team…i believe he is a strong fella mentally so he will accept constructive criticism just as such…good luck to him and to donatas next year in the nba…i believe both will be very very good hopefully great…for a basketball country its nice once again to have a prospect or two to get hyped and excited about…good player good fella nothing else can be asked of him

  3. Great episode, can’t wait for part 2!

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