Toronto Raptors center, Jonas Valanciunas spoke with the media for the first time after his DUI charge on Monday morning, post-game after scoring a career high 26 points in the Raptors’ 125-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Since the whole incident, Valanciunas has been getting the support of his teammates, coaches, and the Raptors fans, which he greatly appreciated as he learns from his mistake.
“It’s been a rough couple days, but I find power, find energy to come out, fight,” Valanciunas said. “I felt really good fan support, thank you to them. I felt great because everybody support me. I say sorry, and learning you know, be better.”
“Teammates support me, I have really good teammates. They give their best to support me, to keep my head up. I’ve been supported really good, really well.”
Jonas played an efficient game scoring 26 points on 10/14 shooting and grabbing 12 boards, which the Lithuanian attributes to his increased focus on basketball and not the distractions surrounding him.
“I’ve been focusing 150% more [on basketball],” Valanciunas said.
Jonas Valanciunas–who is averaging 11ppg, 8.6 rpg coming into Wednesday’s meeting with the Sixers, has seen in a spike in his production and has scored in double digits in his last 8 games–averaging 17.8 points over that span. Valanciunas attributes this to his coach and trust in teammates.
“Just feel trust in the coach and in teammates, getting the ball and doing what i’m supposed to do, playing with energy, concentration.”