Title: How I Joined The Toronto Raptors
What’s up Raptors fans? It’s me, DeMar DeRozan, bringing you the first installment of my Rookie Blog for raptors.com. I’ll be dropping in from time to time to let you in on how things are going with me and my first season as a pro ball player in Toronto!
It feels great to have found an NBA home in Toronto. I felt like I had the world on my shoulders the past couple of months with so much pressure and so much going on.
When draft night comes and you finally know where you’re going, you finally can focus and really get prepared on the situation you’re heading into.
I remember everything about draft night before I got picked. Every little detail. Between each team picking and waiting every five minutes… it seemed like the slowest five minutes ever.
I was sitting there, talking with my family as the draft went on, which calmed me down a little bit. I was just happy that they were sitting there with me waiting to experience a moment that I’ll never forget.
And then, when the Raptors pick came around at number nine, I heard David Stern say my name and went up to shake his hand.
From there, it was all a blur.
It was a LOT of interviews, followed by a call from Bryan Colangelo. He told me that they were happy to have me and that he couldn’t wait to get me in and get to work.
Things were busy after I was picked, but I definitely paid attention to the rest of the draft to see where friends I played against and with were going to land.
I was real happy to see my USC teammate Taj Gibson go to Chicago. That was real big for me and that’s great for him.
It’s going to be a change from Southern California to Toronto, I’ll miss that weather sometimes. But I want to learn everything about this city. I want to know Toronto as well as I know L.A.
I want to thank all the fans that have shown me support during the process of getting here. I can’t wait to get out on the floor and bring the excitement back to you. I feel like I’ve got to give that back to you, because you’re supporting me.
After the past few weeks I’ve had, my plan for tomorrow is to sleep all day. After that, it’s time to get prepared for everything coming up. I’ve got Summer League next and I can’t wait to get back out there on the court and start playing in front of everybody!
I’ll be back agains to talk about my summer, but until then, you can follow me on twitter!
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The pressure he's under doesn't seem to bother him. He keeps a very positive attitude and i hope he accomplishes what he has set out to do and bring excitement back to Canada & Basketball, the Toronto Raptors, His old fans and his new. Personally, I'm just excited as he is for the Summer League to see what he can do.