New Piston Luigi Datome determined to prove he's good enough for NBA
Sporting a ponytail and speaking better-than-expected English, new Piston Luigi Datome hopes to make a smooth transition to the NBA. He’s eager to prove he belongs at the highest level of basketball.
“I want to come here and show I deserve to be an NBA player,” said Datome, who’ll wear jersey number 13. “I’m just like a kid who made his dream come true.”
Datome, 25, was the Italian League MVP but hasn’t seen much NBA basketball through the years. He’s talked to fellow international players Danilo Galinari (Denver Nuggets) and Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks) about what his rookie year will be like.
“I’m not scared about hard work. This is a great atmosphere to play,” said Datome, who’ll go by the nickname Gigi. “It’s more athletic, more physical. I’ll need some time to adapt to the NBA game but I have veteran players to help with the culture. Basketball is a common language, though.”
-- Detroit News