DeMar DeRozan Opens Up About Trade, Still Rooting for the Raptors
No matter where DeMar DeRozan’s career takes him, he will always remain a Toronto Raptor at heart.
Almost a year after the trade that turned his life upside down and gave the Raptors Kawhi Leonard, the 28-year old DeRozan sat down with Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report to relive the trade and to discuss his feelings about the Raptors organization.
“If it wasn’t for all the years and groundwork that I did before then, none of them things would’ve been possible. Yes, I fought, I sacrificed, I pushed the limits to where I had to be the sacrificial lamb. You just have to sit back and understand, like, you know, you are the reason so many things was even possible,” said DeRozan.
Drafted by the Raptors out of USC, DeRozan spent nine seasons with the Toronto Raptors, cracking four NBA All-Star rosters and helping lead the Raptors to the postseason in each of his final six seasons with the team. In 2016, the Toronto Raptors reached their first ever Conference Finals.
“I had to be the sacrificial lamb” @DeMar_DeRozan is still rooting for the Raptors in the Finals but explains why he was so hurt when the trade went down. Season finale of “Take It There” with @TaylorRooks https://t.co/CNL1gyPDtm pic.twitter.com/WKUtzvow29
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 4, 2019
“I’m rooting for my best friend to do well, to accomplish something that we tried to do all the years,” DeRozan said when asked if he’s still rooting for the Raptors. “He has the opportunity to do it. All the guys on that team, they know I’m rooting for them.”
Speaking of Lowry, the All-Star point guard is coming off a rough Game 2 in which he fouled out in the forth quarter in what eventually turned into a Raptors loss. Remaining confident while rocking his token blue oven mitt, Lowry remains focused and confident ahead of Game 3 at The Oracle.
“Being on the road, I may be more looking for my shot, being more aggressive. I play better on the road, and I always have. That’s how I’ve always been. The road is where it’s supposed to be the toughest, and I love the road,” said Lowry.
Lowry went onto admit that he’s looking forward to playing in the energy in Oakland.
“I’m always playing with a chip on my shoulder, and especially here It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be a jam-packed house. They’re going to be excited to be here.”
The Raptors will look to reclaim the series lead tonight when they take on the hobbled Warriors in Game 3.