HoopsHype DeMar DeRozan rumors

July 14, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball champions are among the 19 players selected for this summer's U.S. national team roster. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers announced Monday, along with new additions DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas this month, with the roster cut to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain. ESPN.com

The Roster: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faired, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parson, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson. CSNNW.com

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Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan is set to visit Manila in July, as the special guest for this year’s edition of NBA 3X Philippines, the league announced Monday via press release. The program, now in its fourth year, “combines exciting 3x3 on-court competition with free authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages,” such as a slam dunk contest, hoops clinics, three-point contests, skills challenges, autograph sessions, plus performances by an NBA dance team and an NBA mascot. GMANetwork.com

DeRozan though is the highlight, and will help run clinics and interact with Filipino fans. “I’m excited for my first visit to the Philippines to experience the country’s unique culture and to be a part of NBA 3X,” said DeRozan in the release. “Filipinos are world-renowned for their passion for the NBA and I can’t wait for this exciting showcase of their basketball skills.” GMANetwork.com

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Although the star point guard is prohibited from putting pen to paper until the NBA's moratorium period concludes after the first week of July, there is a resounding belief within Toronto's locker room that he is planning on sticking around. It was written on the face of his teammate and good friend DeMar DeRozan as the all-star guard deflected question after question regarding Lowry's future with the subtlety of a hand grenade. Will it be difficult to watch Lowry go through the free agency process? "No, no, no," he said Monday afternoon, accompanied by a big smirk. Why not? "Because," he replied, as reporters began to snicker. "No" TSN

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DeRozan was looking at Vasquez because three reporters were asking about his particular energy. DeRozan said the closest comparison was his long-time teammate, Jose Calderon — although Vasquez embraces “the show” more, according to DeRozan — which led to a follow-up question, delivered completely in jest: Is Vasquez’s energy just that of white point guards from Spanish-speaking countries? “He’s white? He’s not white. Greivis is black,” DeRozan shot back, equally in jest. “I’m telling you right now: Greivis is half-Venezuelan and half-African-American. I’m telling you right now. I’m telling you right now. I said it.” National Post

April 21, 2014 Updates

He has emerged from that difficult apprenticeship, those seasons of losing and those doubts that had to sneak into his mind as a better player and a better man. And with refreshing honesty, DeRozan fully admits that the criticism he and the Toronto Raptors have taken in the past half-decade has driven him to become the person he is. “You know some guys say they don’t pay any attention to what negative is being said of this, that? I do,” he said in a wide-ranging interview. “I know it’s there. “I’m not one of those naïve players who don’t know. I read a lot of stuff just to see. I use it as motivation in many ways. From a team aspect to an individual aspect … I think that helps me a lot.” Toronto Star

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