Recognition of DeMar DeRozan's work ethic and constant improvement has been slow to come in many corners of professional basketball.
Russell Westbrook was one of the topics du jour after Raptors shootaround on Wednesday morning, but something else also received equal attention – reaction to Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory on Tuesday night.
In the end overcoming the loss of their starting centre was just too much to contend with for a Raptors team already thin on experience in it’s front court.
If there is one thing DeMar DeRozan loves — besides simply playing basketball — it is proving his legion of critics wrong. He doesn’t do it maliciously and won’t rub mistakes in their faces, but every time he makes someone think twice about something they wrote or said about him, DeRozan smiles.
Don’t let the lesser known names on the Denver Nuggets fool you.
TORONTO — It was the type of game Dwane Casey would love with the obvious exception of his team being on the losing end of the result.
He was introduced as 'Mr. I am Toronto' and then DeMar DeRozan went out and lived up to the name.
When the Raptors open the regular season on Wednesday against Detroit, it doesn't look like first choice power forward Jared Sullinger will take the floor with his teammates.
It's a long way down if you miss.
Terrence Ross has been gifted with considerable natural ability. He is as athletic as just about anyone in a league filled with supreme athletes and can be a great three-point marksman when he heats up.
TORONTO — As DeMar DeRozan, back after signing a rich new contract with the club put it: “We’re at the bottom of the hill now."