Let’s focus our Daily Gossip column return on the NBA Playoff, first round series that have completed.
WIZARDS SWEEP RAPTORS, DO RAPS NEED ‘THE TRUTH’?
Washington Wizards completed a comprehensive 4-0 sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night with a 125-94 win in the American capital.
Throughout the series, Wizards’ veteran Paul Pierce spoke some serious trash to the league’s lone Canadian franchise and when the sweep was completed, the talking (with pictures) continued.
Via Paul Pierce’s Facebook page:
And Pierce mocked Toronto’s ‘We the North’ battle cry:
That has led Raptors guard Greivis Vásquez to ponder if his team needs a Paul Pierce on his team?
On Monday, Vásquez voiced his belief that Toronto could use a player who, like Pierce, will not hesitate to taunt the opposition.
“You need to have that spiciness,” Vásquez said, according to CBSSports.com’s James Herbert. “You need to be a little bit of an asshole like he is.”
Vásquez added, “Basically, we need a Paul Pierce that’s gonna talk that trash. We don’t have that.”
Pierce, 37, is in his first season with Washington after spending last season with the Brooklyn Nets.
DATOME: TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT MY FUTURE
Boston Celtics ended up being swept by the fancied Cleveland Cavaliers, who will now miss Kevin Love as he dislocated his shoulder after a collision with Kelly Olynyk.
But away from that scandal, Celtics’ Italian Gigi Datome has finished his second season in the NBA and has enjoyed meaningful minutes under coach Brad Stevens.
While his plans for the Italian national side are question marked for now, Datome has some thinking to do.
Via La Gazzetta dello Sport (translated by Sportando):
Boston Celtics. It was great to play for the Celtics and to reach the NBA Playoffs. I had my first real chance in the NBA, after almost two years. It was great to wear the Celtics jersey.
Future. It is too early to talk about. I will decide my future after I will get some offers during the summer. I expect to have proposals from both the NBA and European teams. Then I will sit and make the best decision for me and my career as I’ve always tried to do.
National Team. Now I’ll on vacations but tomorrow I’ll talk with NT trainer Cuzzolin to have a program to follow to be ready for July 20 when the training camp starts. We want to live the summer with National Team as protagonists.
PELICANS OFFER DAVIS NEW BUMPER DEAL
Just in case you missed it.
The exact figures will depend on how much the NBA salary cap actually rises, but sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans indeed intend to present Davis with the biggest offer they can once the window for negotiations opens July 1.
That’s a new five-year deal, worth $140million. Not bad.