HoopsHype DeMar DeRozan rumors

April 22, 2013 Updates
April 17, 2013 Updates

DeRozan says he’s hungrier than ever to play in the postseason. He was really hoping that this would be the year that the Raptors end their playoff drought, but it didn’t happen in large part due to injuries. “It definitely sucks not having your main guys early on in the season, a lot of key players going down,” DeRozan said. “You never know what could happen, but it is what it is. We have to play through it. It happens in this league and you have to be ready for it. We’re trying to make up for what we lost early on.” HoopsWorld

April 14, 2013 Updates

The NBA on Saturday suspended Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton one game without pay for "throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan." Hamilton will miss Sunday's game against the Miami Heat. The incident occurred with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto's 97-88 victory Friday. Referees called Hamilton for a flagrant foul two, and he was ejected. It was Chicago's second loss to Toronto in four days. USA Today Sports

March 11, 2013 Updates

Ross could not crack the Raptors’ small lineup down the stretch, with DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson each playing ahead of him. Valanciunas played a few fourth-quarter minutes with Amir Johnson in foul trouble, but came out in the final stretch. Kyle Lowry’s four final-minute points won the game for the Raptors. “I had to get Jonas out at the end, bless his heart,” Casey said. He said, ‘Coach, [Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson] is coming really fast.’ I said, ‘Guess what: All of them are coming fast.’ … Everything is so fast for rookies. I don’t care who you are, what level of rookie you are: It is a learning experience. National Post

February 20, 2013 Updates
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The NBA announced Thursday that rookie forward Terrence Ross (@T_DotFlight31) has been selected to participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. Ross is the fifth Raptor invited to participate in the event, joining Vince Carter (2000), Tracy McGrady (2000), Jamario Moon (2008) and DeMar DeRozan (2010 and 2011). This year’s contest will take place Saturday, February 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be broadcasted on TSN2 and TNT beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Raptors.com

February 4, 2013 Updates

For the past week or two, teammate DeMar DeRozan has been paying particular attention to young Ross. In Ross, DeRozan sees a second — or actually a third — chance at dunk redemption and he doesn’t want to see him come up short. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is all about the dunk contest that will be part of NBA all-star event a week Saturday and Ross’ expected involvement. Official word of the contestants doesn’t arrive until Thursday night, but there is a groundswell of support for Ross which includes Eastern Conference all-star captain Dwyane Wade, who has taken to Twitter to trumpet the inclusion of Ross. Toronto Sun

And therein lies the reason he’s been getting after Ross. He doesn’t want his young teammate to make the same mistake he did and is going out of his way to make sure he doesn’t. “ I’m telling him, first of all, just because he thinks it’s any other dunk contest and you just go out and dunk, no,” DeRozan says stressing the negative at the end. “I try to let him know that millions of people are going to be watching you. You could change how people look at you from that day on. Everything is going to be different.” Toronto Sun

February 3, 2013 Updates
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DeRozan and newcomer Rudy Gay, the centerpieces on the wings for the rejuvenated Raptors, had combined for 39 points in a 98-73 rout of the Clippers, giving fans a glimpse — for one night at least — of what could be a wonderful relationship. “I’ve known Rudy for a couple of years now and jokingly we said this summer we were going to play together,” said DeRozan, who had 19 of those 39 points. “It’s just crazy, he knows my game, I know his game. It’s as simple as that. We don’t make it difficult, other than that, we just know each other’s games.” Toronto Star

January 30, 2013 Updates
December 20, 2012 Updates

Ask DeMar DeRozan how tough Johnson is and he can barely wait to tell you. “Amir and I are family,” DeRozan said of his fellow Californian. “We go back since I was a kid and one thing about him is you never have to question or worry if he’s going to play. A lot of people don’t understand when Amir is hurt. Most of the time you don’t even know it the way he plays and plays hard.” Toronto Sun

December 13, 2012 Updates

“He’s definitely been on us, but one thing he has been trying to [do is] keep us positive out of everything,” DeRozan said. “It’s easy to do whatever, to throw in the towel and not still be able to fight. Like [Wednesday night against Brooklyn], we had every excuse in the world. We could have went out and laid down, but [we did not]. Just keeping us positive and keeping us working hard.” “We’ve got to be positive,” Casey added. “The NBA is not going to feel sorry for you. If you don’t feel like you can win in the NBA and believe you can win … That’s the most important thing. We’ve got to believe. We’ve got to have a belief system in place that we can win.” National Post

December 10, 2012 Updates

DeMar DeRozan, he mentioned that the team meeting was good, he was very positive about that…talked about defence. Bryan Colangelo: There's no doubt that the defence is what created a lot of our forward progress last year and it will create opportunities for us to get out and run offensively which is something we needed to do. But we're not moving the ball that much on offence; we're not running as much as we should. We do at times, and we look good and we score easy baskets. Unfortunately again, staying in that system, sometimes when a team scores against you, you drop your shoulders and you stop your forward progress. There's a lot of things that we need to be working on but it does begin with defence. But we've really got to improve on both sides of the ball right now. SportsNet

December 7, 2012 Updates

When DeMar DeRozan got hit with a technical foul Wednesday night in Sacramento, it was the culmination of all slights — real and perceived — and the constant dose of frustration the Raptors are living with. The frustration is palpable almost every night; and DeRozan made that clear post-game. “I can’t put into words how frustrating this is. It just sucks,” he said. “We try to work as hard as we can, but the ball don’t bounce our way, it don’t go in when we need it to go in, everything you can think of goes against us. “We just have to keep fighting. We can’t hold our heads down. We have to keep fighting.” Toronto Star

November 12, 2012 Updates
November 2, 2012 Updates

While the contract numbers came across as a shock when revealed Wednesday, Colangelo maintains that DeRozan’s value only would have gone up based on the market, particularly if he shows the improvement the team expects this season. “Clearly the downside of free agency and the unknown of free agency, despite it being restricted free agency, is that his value would have gone up even further. With all of the due-diligence that we did and with all of the information that I’m privy to, we feel that this is at or near where he would have been next year. The only downside of waiting would have been that someone (else) would have come in,” he said. Toronto Sun

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