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Old 07-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default 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. Hes 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, wholl wear jersey number 13. Im just like a kid who made his dream come true.

Datome, 25, was the Italian League MVP but hasnt seen much NBA basketball through the years. Hes talked to fellow international players Danilo Galinari (Denver Nuggets) and Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks) about what his rookie year will be like.

Im not scared about hard work. This is a great atmosphere to play, said Datome, wholl go by the nickname Gigi. Its more athletic, more physical. Ill 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.

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