Starting to like this kid more and more
Old 06-27-2009, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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wonderful story about d-railed(demar derozan) and shows how he has a passion to be one of the best players in the nba for years to come.

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It kills a kid to see a parent wracked with pain, to see suffering and know there's nothing he or she can do.

Trying to alleviate that is what's driven DeMar DeRozan for years, made him spend those countless hours in the gym honing his skills to get him where he is today.

And now the newest Raptor, flush with a multi-million dollar contract and the hopes of untold more riches to come, can do something tangible to help, far more than sitting by and offering only love and support.

DeRozan's mom, Diane, suffers from lupus, a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake, causing damage to joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. She has her good days and bad, and now her son can help limit that suffering.

"It's just, find the best solution to understanding what lupus is, what can I do to take care of her ... so it won't bother my mother that much," DeRozan said yesterday, a day after the Raptors made him the ninth overall selection in the NBA draft. "It's putting her in the best comfortable situation home-wise and getting her the best medical care I can."

All through his teenage years, the 19-year-old DeRozan has seen his mother bothered by her affliction. He and his father tried to help as best they could but there was nothing like the $2 million annual salary at hand to help create a better situation.

Now, there is. And getting that deal is part of the reason the 6-foot-7 swingman decided to leave USC after one year for the NBA.

"Just seeing my mom like that, seeing her not want to do stuff because she was in pain, it's tough, definitely tough, and that's something that definitely pushed me," he said.

DeRozan's parents were with him in New York for Thursday's draft, offering the support they've always given.

"I love to see the enjoyment my family got from seeing me do this," he said. "That's one of the major parts that made me enjoy that moment (Thursday) night even more, they were there to see all my hard work pay off and I did it for them."

The Raptors hope the hard work pays off not only for his family but for them, too. DeRozan's biggest strength right now is his athleticism, a trait sorely lacking on Toronto's roster last year and adding him eases one part of the job that president and general manager Bryan Colangelo has to finish this summer.

"(With) the plans we've been talking about ... it's one more piece of the puzzle," said Colangelo.

After his school season ended, DeRozan went to Oakland from his Los Angeles home to concentrate on developing his skills.

But home and his parents were never far from his thoughts.

"They're the only two people who were there before basketball, making sure I had what I needed for school, cook for me, stuff like that."

And now he can repay that debt.

he truly seems like a really nice person with a great attitude. fufilling his dream of becoming an nba player was second to helping his mom. i know he can carry all his emotion off the court into the court and become a very good player. i think i may have found my new favourite player. his passion is so high it amazes me. he's a "gym rat" as many of us call him. so, there is no doubt in my mind he will not be a flop. he's the real deal.

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Old 06-27-2009, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyway, he seems to have a great attitude and work ethic. I think he's gonna be a special player. But patience is gonna be needed.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yep. he just needs time to adjust to be on par. Lebron, Kobe, D-Wade...they weren't a force to be reckoned with during their rookies. I really do hope this is the guy we've been looking for. Kevin Durant is showing signs already..
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well , i'm trying different nicknames on him. it's difficult for a name like demar derozan. we could call him momma's boy. but, that is seen as more of an insult.

you come up with somethin jefufuh
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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well , i'm trying different nicknames on him. it's difficult for a name like demar derozan. we could call him momma's boy. but, that is seen as more of an insult.

you come up with somethin jefufuh
Yeah i posted these earlier:

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D-Rex
DeMarvelous
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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well , i'm trying different nicknames on him. it's difficult for a name like demar derozan. we could call him momma's boy. but, that is seen as more of an insult.

you come up with somethin jefufuh
lol, Vince Carter.
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lol, Vince Carter.
Lol. They are so alike!
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Isn't his number 10?

D10.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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NO to D10
its like the most uncreative name, its just copying d12 without realizing that d12 is because there's a rap group called d12
its like saying why don't we call Bargs B7 or call jose J8, like wtf?!
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Glad someone understood my comment.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:57 AM   #13 (permalink)
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NO to D10
its like the most uncreative name, its just copying d12 without realizing that d12 is because there's a rap group called d12
its like saying why don't we call Bargs B7 or call jose J8, like wtf?!
just as stupid as cp3 and cb4.....
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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i like demarvelous
or de-zanity... lmao...
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Has anyone told him the health care up here is free?
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NO to D10
its like the most uncreative name, its just copying d12 without realizing that d12 is because there's a rap group called d12
its like saying why don't we call Bargs B7 or call jose J8, like wtf?!
B7 is actually a very good nickname... because there is a weapon called B7... it is kinda like a rocket launcher. so just like AK47 I think B7 could really work... good job.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Has anyone told him the health care up here is free?
He wants the BEST health care for his mom. Since it's "free" up here she would not necessarily get the best treatment.
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Has anyone told him the health care up here is free?
he'll realize once he looks at his taxes
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:27 AM   #19 (permalink)
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im tired of talking about this guy
i just wana see him freakin play
hope he can put the balll on the floloor drive in and SLLLLAM
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:46 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The first nickname that popped into my head on draft night was..... wait for it......

Demario!
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