DeMar DeRozan is the tragic hero of Raptors’ greatest triumph
By nearly any stat you can think of, DeMar DeRozan is one of the best players in Raptors franchise history. He’s the all-time leader in games and minutes played, points and made field goals. He was a part of their first ever conference finals team in 2016.
And he’ll watch their first ever NBA Finals from his couch, as Kawhi Leonard — the man he was traded for — leads Toronto against the Warriors with a Best Postseason Ever moniker bandied about.
Basketball is just a business — the refrain gets echoed a lot. For DeRozan, traded to the Spurs for Leonard last summer, it’s an especially brutal one.
He took to Instagram to express that, or something like it, captioning a photo of himself, “Being alone makes you strong — I don’t need a friend…”
According to Kyle Lowry, DeRozan’s close friend and former backcourt-mate in Toronto, DeRozan, has been supportive of Toronto throughout its playoff run.
“One thing about him is that he legit cares about me as a best friend,” Lowry told The Undefeated on Wednesday. “He has texted everyone he has a relationship with and let them know how happy he is for us.”
Still, it can’t be easy for DeRozan to sit back and watch a franchise he helped build see its greatest-ever success on Leonard’s back. The forward has averaged 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds during the postseason, along with hitting a series-winning shot in Game 7 against the Sixers.
But that will only emphasize the reality for DeRozan.
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