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But deficiencies like defense aside, Ainge does believe Datome’s best skill has a place in the NBA. He’s that good a shooter. But Ainge thought of a former Celtic when addressing the league’s numbers problem. “This is a really hard business,” Ainge said. “There’s 400 players in this league, and 60 more who get drafted each year. You’ve got a former NBA player of the week in Jordan Crawford who can’t get back in the league the next year. Now he’s leading (the Fort Wayne Mad Ants) to the D-League finals. “So you don’t know. But in my eyes Gigi has proven that he’s an NBA player.” Boston Herald

April 21, 2015 Updates
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CBS Boston: You are a free agent at the end of the season here. Do you want to stay in Boston or at least the NBA? Or is it tough knowing your opportunities might be limited here for playing time? Gigi Datome: It’s really early now. I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs. CBS Local

Datome, a free agent this summer, now feels his options — including a possible return to the Celtics — have expanded. He had a self-imposed deadline coming up, fast. “When I signed a two-year deal I said I wanted to put a line at the end of the two years, do everything I could do in that time,” he said. “Every day I was trying to do my job and waiting for the opportunity. When the season was over, I would then think about whether I wanted to keep an NBA career or go back overseas. Boston Herald

“(Detroit) was frustrating. The NBA is nice, but I wasn’t playing basketball anymore. They didn’t give me the opportunity, but it’s part of this life and this business. Coming here is a new opportunity and a new life. “I don’t take it for granted (now). I’m not a player who knows he’s going to play 25 minutes a game. Maybe I will play two minutes, five minutes, maybe he won’t put me in the game again. I have to do my best.” Boston Herald

CBS Boston: Were you a little surprised that you didn’t get any kind of an opportunity with a new coaching regime in Detroit (with Stan Van Gundy) in your second season in the league? Gigi Datome: I wanted to have an opportunity with the Pistons because it was my original team. They made the choice to prefer other players, so I couldn’t do anything about it and just accepted this season, be a good teammate and wait for my opportunity. It didn’t arrive there, it arrived here and I’m happy about it. CBS Local

April 18, 2015 Updates

You are a free agent at the end of the season here. Do you want to stay in Boston or at least the NBA? Or is it tough knowing your opportunities might be limited here for playing time? Gigi Datome: It’s really early now. I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs. CBS Local

April 4, 2015 Updates

Gigi Datome, Celtics' small-forward, will be an unrestricted free-agent this summer but there's a growing sense around the league that the Italian player can land another NBA deal, sources told Sportando. Several European teams are willing to sign Datome this summer, including Barcelona, but the Italian forward would love to stay in the NBA. Sportando

April 2, 2015 Updates

In those minutes, however, Datome has shown he has one extremely significant NBA skill: He can shoot the ball, probably better than anyone else on the Celtics' roster. Brad Stevens has taken notice. "I think he's a really good player," Stevens said. "I said the other day, I think he's our best shooter. I think he's one of the better shooters I've seen." Masslive.com

April 1, 2015 Updates
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Luigi Datome, a native of Sardinia who was perhaps the finest Italian player in Serie A before he went to Detroit to languish on the bench, reemerged as one of Brad Stevens’ best shooters off the bench. And, as the Garden crowd demonstrated yet again during the swingman’s 10-point performance last night, there’s no shortage of appreciation. “I’m very surprised, but I think people are excited because it’s somebody new,” Datome said after the Celtics’ 108-89 win over Philadelphia. “Brand new in this league, but, of course, the love from the fans is moving me on.” Boston Herald

March 13, 2015 Updates

Outside of basketball, Datome plays the guitar. He learned the instrument three years ago and is modest about his musical skills. “I play easy stuff because I’m not that good,” he said with a smile. “But sometimes I can listen to the rhythm and think, O.K. this should be easy. I try the chord and then I can follow the song. I feel good, I feel very nice (when I’m playing). I can play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from Led Zeppelin. My former teacher trusted me a lot. I can play it up to a certain point. It’s like three or four minutes of the song.” Basketball Insiders

March 11, 2015 Updates

“I am just focused on playing my best basketball in the last 20 games of the regular season and to reach playoffs” said Datome. “When the season ends I will consider all the offers. I hope to get a lot of proposals and I wish most of them come from NBA teams. It would mean I made a good job here. I will decide what is the best for me at 28. The goal is to play with more responsibility. Having responsibility on the court is the thing I miss the most” added the forward. “I am a better player now than when I moved to the NBA. I am physically stronger and I understand better the NBA games” ended Datome. Sportando

March 10, 2015 Updates

When Datome was a member of the Pistons, these workouts became routine out of necessity. Night after night, he was either placed on the inactive list or at the end of the bench, and day after day, he went to the gym for extra work with a Pistons assistant. The joy basketball long had provided was slowly melting. “It was tough. It was kind of depressing,” said Datome. “Not as much depressing, but frustrating. For the first time in my life, basketball felt like a job. Go there every day, every single day. I gave myself two days off, I think — Thanksgiving and Christmas. And that was just because I wanted to give days off to [the assistant coach].” Boston Globe

March 4, 2015 Updates

There is more question with the other player acquired from Detroit with Jerebko for Tayshaun Prince. Gigi Datome, a 6-8 shooter, has appeared in just one game for the C’s thus far, a 3:46 stint in the 21-point win over New York last week. There was talk after the trade that Datome could be waived or bought out. “I don’t know what his role’s going to be, but I don’t think there was ever any decision made on that,” Ainge said. “I don’t know how Gigi fits into the whole scheme of things, but I like him. He’s a great shooter. We’re not looking to get rid of him or buy him out. I just don’t know how he fits in. We have a lot of guys, with Crowder and James Young and Evan Turner, that can play small forward. But we’ll see.” Boston Herald

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