John Lucas III's locker is next to Valanciunas' in the locker room. The two lively new Raptors have developed a great rapport already. After a recent game against the Pistons, the veteran told the rookie that he wanted him to pick up breakfast from McDonald's the next morning and deliver it to him at 7:00 a.m. Valancinuas smiled and calmly looked toward the media herd assembled in front of him. "Help me out, guys? Can you help me?" he asked, and then smiled broadly when the locker room erupted into laughter. Lucas shook his head, laughed to himself and told Valanciunas he was only joking and that since the next day would be their first off day since training camp, he didn't want to see him.
As Lucas was getting ready to leave the locker room, Valanciunas pointed at the loud gold and silver sneakers that the point guard was wearing. "That's swag," he said with a look of satisfaction on his face as his proper usage of the word was rewarded with smiles around the room.
From his efforts to try and learn slang terms to his dedication on the court, Lucas has been impressed with the approach Valanciunas has shown thus far.
"He's going to be a very successful NBA player in this league," Lucas said. "He's young, he's hungry. He's still learning he's like a sponge soaking everything up, but he's not getting frustrated. You say something to him and he's like, 'OK, I got you,' and he corrects it. If he doesn't understand he'll come talk to you and figure it out. When you have a young guy like that, shoot, sky is the limit for them."