Jonas Valanciunas may no longer be with the Toronto Raptors but he surely left quite an impression on head coach Nick Nurse. Apparently, one of his former coach’s fondest memories of JV is the time they went fishing together in Valenciunas’ native of Lithuania.
As it turns out, JV is really, really into fishing. Nurse took a quick stroll down memory lane as he shared his experience with Valanciunas in the open sea:
“I have never seen a guy so happy when he was reeling in a fish,” Nurse said, via Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. “So intense, so excited. I just told him next year when we’re out on the floor I’m going to tell you to rebound like it’s a fish.”
For what it’s worth, Valanciunas is currently averaging a career-best 12.3 reboundsper game with the Memphis Grizzlies.