The NBA is a massive transition for young talent and usually is an even bigger transition for international players. Not only do they have to learn the pace of the game, how to speak to the media, and getting used to travelling but they also have to adapt to things like English and the American lifestyle.
According to Lina Motužytė on www.lrytas.lt (Lithuanian website), Jonas Valanciunas and other beginning international players like Donatas Motiejunas took an NBA training course to learn the dress code, financial tips, how to deal with media, and how to stay out of the headlines by avoiding scandals involving women, drugs, and social media.
"Emphasized that we have to think of what to write in social networks, what pictures go to great lengths to avoid scandals," said Valanciunas.
Stories were told by guest speakers about things that have happened in the past that involved NBA players sharing the wrong information through social media and su...