Daily Gossip, Monday 5/5/14

A new dawn, a new day, more gossip, mainly from the NBA (yeah, we wanted that to rhyme).

Jonas Valanciunas to work with Hakeem Olajuwon

Lithuania and Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will reportedly be working with former Hosuton Rockets great Hakeem Olajuwon this off-season.

The Raptors were eliminated in the dying moments of Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets and with the World Cup of Basketball on the horizon, the 7-foot Lithuanian is looking to extend his arsenal of moves in the post.

Tony Parker: Damian Lillard is a top 5 PG in the NBA

With the San Antonio Spurs set to face Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference semi-finals, Eurobasket MVP Tony Parker has praised his opposite number, Damian Lillard.

“I feel like he’s [Lillard] in the top 5 best point guards in the league,” Parker told San Antonio Evening Express writer Jeff McDonald after their Game 7 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Lillard dropped 25 points in their decisive Game 6 win over Houston Rockets, including the game winning three-pointer.

Lady Gaga to interfere with Game 6 of the Playoffs?

If Washington and Indiana go to a Game 6, could there be a scheduling problem ahead? I guess the staff at the Verizon Centre were not expecting Washington to reach the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

Via Washington Sport: “The dates for the seven-game series have already been set, but if the series extends to six games, the Wizards would have a scheduling problem on May 15 because of a Lady Gaga concert that is already booked for that night. The Wizards released a statement on Saturday night that read, “We are aware of the potential conflict and are working with the promoter in the event Game 6 is necessary, more information will be released when it becomes available.”

Vasquez and Patterson want to stay in Toronto

Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson have reportedly announced their desire to stay in Canada for the next NBA season, as the Toronto Raptors looks to improve on their Playoff spot from this season.

“I want to be back. I really want to be back,” Vasquez said in a recent local interview. “I love it here. It would be heartbreaking if I’m not back.

“Toronto changed my life and recuperated my career because I was lost.”