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Can you say Valanciunas?
Commentator Terry Pluto says Cavs fans might want to learn Lithuanian
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Thursday is the NBA draft and the Cavs are eyeing some top prospects with tricky names, like Jonas Valanciunas
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Cleveland Cavaliers fans who endured a tumultuous year have been waiting for Thursday. The Cavs, by the luck of the ping pong balls in last month’s lottery, will pick first and fourth in Thursday’s NBA draft. And, they could potentially grab the top two players on the market. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about the draft and the non-household names emerging as the top picks. 
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Why is everybody so sensitive?! I am sure Terry meant no insult by his comments. If you ever take the time to read his columns you would understand that.


Posted by: Jon (NYC) on June 25, 2011 2:06AM
Please be offended by something worthwhile. Terry didn't compare athletes to people working at Goodwill; he compared them to stuff AT Goodwill. Everyone knows that "Goodwill" is a generic name used for all thrift stores. Typically, these are packed to the gills with Tweety Bird tank tops and size 54/26 pants. If anything, he's giving Goodwill free publicity. And let's not go crazy calling the people that work at Goodwill "heroes." The real heroes are those who post anonymous comments to articles with microscopic readerships; these people are pushing America forward.


Posted by: Chris (Deer Park) on June 24, 2011 11:06AM
Mr. Pluto, I work as a vocational evaluator for Goodwill and I take umbrage at your degrading comment.

When referring to the draft you said owners, in their eagerness to deny responsiblity for their poor draft choices, were saying, "We're shopping in the basement of the Goodwill Store, not even in the regular Goodwill Store. This are the rejects from Goodwill."

My friends and co-workers at our Goodwill are some of the hardest-working, least-complaining, patient, and caring individuals I have ever known. These folks would like to be able to run down a basketball court, or just walk across a room without any restrictions.

Please don't compare tempermental, selfish, over-rated so-called sports "heroes" with the REAL heroes of the world. Those heroes are the folks at Goodwills across this country who get up every morning, ride buses or walk for unreasonable amounts of time to get to their very low paying jobs in order to preserve their dignity and their existence by working at a Goodwill. Would those spoiled sports brats do the same?

Come to my Goodwill and see the spirit these individuals have and you'll see what The Power of Work really means. It's not on a basketball court, football field or baseball field.


Posted by: Debbie (Ashtabula) on June 22, 2011 6:06AM
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