HOUSTON There was no misinterpreting Donatas Motiejunas' body language. Before opening his mouth and confirming what was already suspected via a string of responses teeming with bravado, Motiejunas projected a surprising amount of self-assuredness and self-awareness.
Even without standing erect, Motiejunas, reclined against the wall of the Toyota Center practice court adjacent to La Branch Street, towered over the media on Tuesday. He was disarmingly comfortable before his inquisitors, and as he discussed these initial preparations for his maiden foray into the NBA, Motiejunas' Lithuanian accent did little to hinder the ability to decipher his confidence. He appeared undeniably undaunted.
"If you're scared of wolf," Motiejunas said when asked whether he was ready to face the challenge of NBA competition, "don't go to the woods."
He delivered that line, best characterized as a Lithuanian proverb, with unmistakable cool, which is interesting because that description stands in star...