Source: Toronto Sun
Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo administered a verbal Valium to Raptors fans who may be in a tizzy over the play of the club's 2011 first-round draft pick at these Olympic Games.
In five games with the Lithuanian team, Jonas Valanciunas is averaging just 3.6 points and three rebounds in 10.6 minutes and has had difficulty establishing himself on the Lithuanian team in this, the biggest tournament of his career. His minutes under coach Kestutis Kemzura have been limited as a starter and he only played 8:32 in a 99-94 loss to the U.S. on Saturday.
But Colangelo, who has been in London watching the basketball, is duly impressed with what he has seen of the seven-foot centre, who was picked fifth overall in 2011, and is certainly not pushing the panic button. Valanciunas will join the Raptors for the 2012-13 season.
"In limited minutes, I think he's done fine," Colangelo told QMI Agency, via e-mail. "Obviously coach (Kemzura) is going with his comfort zone and playing the more veteran players. This is still a great experience for the 20-year-old future of their program."
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