HoopsHype DeMar DeRozan rumors

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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

May 9, 2014 Updates
May 5, 2014 Updates

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

April 17, 2014 Updates

Yet he approaches the first playoff game of his life as if he’s been doing it forever, entirely confident, not at all intimidated and fully accepting of what’s to come when the Toronto Raptors face the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday afternoon. He’s heard the chatter and read the stories and been told the tales about how different it will be, how much more intense it will be, how some think he might cower from it. And he laughs. “I mean, it ain’t like it’s rocket science,” he said Thursday afternoon. “Everybody keeps talking to me like . . . it’s rocket science or I’ve got to know trigonometry or something. You just figure it out. You just go out there. “I’ve been playing this game long enough, I’ve been in the league long enough, been in a lot of situations. So it shouldn’t be hard.” Toronto Star

April 6, 2014 Updates

With their 102-98 win over the host Bucks Saturday night, the Raptors have now posted 21 road wins with two more remaining on the schedule. The latest wasn’t easy, not decided until the very end as Milwaukee refused to go away, a testament to head coach Larry Drew and his players. It was also a testament to Toronto’s lack of focus in playing a first half head coach Dwane Casey would refer to as “crap.’’ DeMar DeRozan sealed it with 9.9 seconds left, making both of his free throws on a night when the Raptors made their shots from the stripe down the stretch. Toronto Sun

March 29, 2014 Updates

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