Charles Barkley’s going to need some more work on pronouncing Jonas Valanciunas’ name (Video)

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When it came time on Thursday to help fellow retiree and broadcaster Grant Hill choose his team from the pool of rookies and sophomores for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend 2014 next weekend, TNT analyst Charles Barkley showed just how well-versed in the league's first- and second-year players he is and how well those Lithuanian lessons have been coming along:

"Vah-soo-ee-new-wild-sauce." Strong moves, Chuck.

Thankfully, the Toronto Raptors were eager to help Barkley out:

We're willing to bet that Charles is going to use every second of the week ahead diligently preparing to say Jonas Valanciunas' name properly ... including, of course, calling him "Yo-nas" rather than "Joe-nas." (That is how we say it, right?)

Video via The Point Forward.

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