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March 17, 2015 Updates

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

February 22, 2015 Updates

Before the Pistons signed Datome out of Italy, the Celtics showed some interest. Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took a trip overseas to catch a game in person. Still, Datome said Boston did not extend a contract offer. "When free agency started, they never made a real offer," he said, adding, "Nothing real. The only offers I received were from the Pistons and a couple, two, teams. Boston wasn't one of those. They had interest. They came to watch me. But nothing that real." Booth Newspapers

Now that the Celtics do have Datome under contract, what will he bring? "A lot of will to play," he said. "I'm a player, I love the NBA, I'm loving the experience. But I'm a basketball player so I would like to start playing and contributing to team results. Shooting skills," the 27-year-old added. "It's my second year in the league, but it's my 12th as a pro. So I can read basketball situations. I hope I can help the team in any way, but I'm ready to do, like, anything, because I really want to play. So, whatever it costs." Booth Newspapers

February 20, 2015 Updates

Gigi Datome: It's time to pack! Obviously enthusiastic to start a new experience with the Celtics, but first I want to thank all Detroit for last season and a half spent together: Who brought me here from Italy, who helped me getting better as a player, we stuck with me in the tough moments and who made me smile outside the court. I won't write down any names, who has to know knows whom I'm talking about. I turn page, with the same goal of almost 2 years ago: have the chance to prove that I'm an NBA player. All my efforts and my soul to Boston now, hungry and focus to help the team to reach our goals. Facebook.com

February 19, 2015 Updates

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Tayshaun Prince from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forwards Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome. "Tayshaun Prince is certainly well known to fans in Detroit and we’re pleased to welcome him back,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility. We thank both Jonas and Gigi for their hard work and wish them well going forward.” NBA.com

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