So is former Raptors captain DeMar DeRozan still bitter about being traded away to San Antonio?
During a recent appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, current Raptors star Kyle Lowry said that he still talks to DeRozan everyday, and that he truly wants the Raptors to win a ring.
Lowry played alongside DeRozan for six straight seasons, says:
“DeMar is definitely a big part of what we built here. All the guys he has relationships with, he still texts us. He wants us to be successful, he wants us to win a ring.”
DeRozan wants nothing but success for Lowry and the Raptors 💯
— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2019
Lowry also spoke Marc Spears and had more to say about DeRozan.
Via The Undefeated:
Lowry: “I’ve been speaking to him the whole way. One thing about him is that he legit cares about me as his best friend. He has texted everyone he has a relationship with and let them know how happy he is for us.”
Do you remember your emotions at the start of the season after the changes were made to the team?
Lowry: “It was strictly business. All business. That’s where my emotions were. I didn’t care about the business other than strictly being a basketball player. I didn’t care about being friends with anybody. I didn’t care about this or that. I just legit cared about coming in here and being the best player I could be because everyone was saying, ‘He is not going to do this. He is not going to do that.’ My job was to prove them wrong.”
When did that mentality change?
Lowry: “It was always still going to be a business. But I was like, ‘Look, if you’re going to be here, just buy in and do what you need to do to help the team win.’ And that means a lot. I was bought-in from the [beginning]. But I kind of really shelled off. I was going to come in here and prove a point. People didn’t think I could be the same player that I was.”
Can’t be easy on DeMar to watch his old team get to the NBA Finals.
Had he been able to do this, he’d still probably be on the team right now.
Winning solves all in the world.
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