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Marc Spears Talks Raptors' Valanciunas on Tim & Sid

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"I've just heard so many great things about him. That he's somebody that can change the franchise, and is special."

Tim & Sid's regular podcast on is one of my must-listen pieces each week and last Thursday's edition was particularly intriguing.

Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears was the guest on the episode and while the regular NBA "hot button topics" like Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin were kicked around, Spears also spent some time talking about one of the newest members of the Toronto Raptors, Jonas Valanciunas.

The quote to start this blurb was in fact from Spears regarding Big Val and you can hear the rest by clicking on this link.

The Valanciunas/Raptors discussion starts at about the five minute and thirty-five second mark and touches on not only the Lithuanian big man and the hype surrounding him, but also the Dinos' various other off-season moves.

Of particular interest?

The reminder that Valanciunas' Lithuanian Olympic squad is in the same group as the US and will be facing off at some point in the tourney. (Actually on August 4.)