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December 6, 2014 Updates

So, DeRozan will strive to stay positive. He spoke of discussions with Kobe Bryant, his childhood idol, on the proper mentality to take to rehab. Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in April 2013, not returning to the floor until December. Most importantly, DeRozan wants to stay in touch with his team, off to the best start in franchise history. “Amir [Johnson] texted me one night, a couple nights ago, and he just said he was walking down the hotel hallway screaming my name and he was used to me popping my head out the door,” DeRozan said. “Something like that goes so far because it just shows the appreciation that your teammates have for you and the relationship that you have together. “ National Post

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While the Raptors indicated that DeRozan is out indefinitely, a person with knowledge of his situation said DeRozan is hopeful that he can return in four weeks or less. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced a timeline. DeRozan went down late in the third quarter of a Friday night loss to the Dallas Mavericks, when he slipped while making a drive toward the basket. USA Today Sports

Alex Kennedy: DeMar DeRozan has a torn left adductor longus tendon. There is no timetable for his return at the moment. Huge loss for Toronto. For those asking about DeMar DeRozan's injury, this is the same thing that sidelined Danny Amendola with the Patriots last year. I believe Danny Amendola missed four weeks when he had this injury. But everyone is different, so we'll see how long DeMar DeRozan is out. Fortunately for Toronto, East is weaker than West, so a significant injury shouldn't affect their playoff positioning too much (unlike OKC). Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Alex Kennedy: Because DeRozan tore tendon, he shouldn't need surgery. Doctors often treat groin pain by snipping adductor longus, but his is already torn. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Steve Kyler: The adductor longus is a skeletal muscle located on the inside of the upper thigh - recovery from a tear can by up to 12 weeks. The unknown on DeRozan is the severity of the tear -- recovery could be as simple as several weeks - if surgery required much longer. Non-Surgical recovery tends to lean towards 6-7 weeks --- surgical repair tends to lean more towards 12 weeks. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

November 26, 2014 Updates

Demar Derozan is one of the most talented and important pieces of the 2014-2015 Toronto Raptors, who currently have the league’s best record at 12-2. Drake, the team’s global ambassador, also has a tight relationship with many of the players, even the newly arrived Lou Williams, who was just named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player Of The Week. While on the NBA TV Fan Night Pre-Game show discussing Drake’s relationship with the Raptors with Chris Webber, Derozan mentioned that Drake said he’d give Derozan a copy of his mixtape, Derozan says is “coming out in January.” TheSource

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Bosh didn’t go easy on DeRozan. He also entered the NBA after one season in college at Georgia Tech. There were no free passes in the pros for inexperience. DeRozan credits Bosh for helping to kick start his career. “He was tough on me from the standpoint, I think he knew how good I could be,” DeRozan told Basketball Insiders. “I was the starting guard with him, (Hedo) Turkoglu, (Andrea) Bargnani, Jose Calderon. I was the only rookie out there. A lot of mistakes I made, he would just be hard on me about it so I could be better. He was a good dude. He’s a good friend of mine.” Basketball Insiders

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The similarities do not stop there, which is strange to say about the genial DeRozan and the verging-on-sociopathic Bryant. The Lakers star is famous for taking every perceived slight against him and blowing it up to majestic proportions. DeRozan, in a quieter fashion, is doing the same. The latest outrage: Sports Illustrated ranking DeRozan as the 61st best player in the league, the lowest returning all-star. He was placed behind less decorated players such as Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Detroit’s Josh Smith, as well as players on the back half of their career such as Washington’s Paul Pierce and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson. “All of it matters to me,” DeRozan said on Tuesday. “I don’t let nothing go over my head. I use negatives, and not just on myself but on my team, as motivation. You need to. I’m never going to get comfortable with the accomplishments I’ve [had]. There’s always going to be something that’s said that I have to worry about.” National Post

September 17, 2014 Updates

If DeMar DeRozan needs a spot to hang his gold medal from the Basketball World Cup, the USA Basketball star has plenty of options to choose from. The former USC Trojans player and Toronto Raptors wing recently purchased a large estate in Tarzana for slightly over $3.75 million. The home, built in Mediterranean-style in 1995, occupies more than an acre in the gated Mulholland Park area with a pool, expansive lawns and a full basketball sports court. Entered through a grand foyer with a sweeping double staircase, the floor plan features detailed molding, distressed hardwood and a range of ceiling treatments. Los Angeles Times

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