DeMar DeRozan Discloses Two Labels That Bothered Him and Motivated Him
DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls has always been a great NBA player, but what he’s done in the first 14 games of the 2021-22 season has taken things to a whole new level.
DeRozan has been instrumental in the Bulls’ 10-4 start.
He’s third in the league in scoring, averaging 26.9 points per game, trailing only Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
DeRozan leads the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring, and the Bulls are the only team in the league with two scorers in the Top-10 in per-game average, with DeRozan and Zach LaVine.
What has driven DeRozan to perform so well, despite having a “chip on his shoulder,” aside from his natural professionalism and competitive drive?
Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score broke it down for DeRozan:
Two of the biggest chips on DeMar DeRozan’s shoulder that he uses as motivation are people calling him “washed” in recent years and the he-won’t-fit narrative.
November 16, 2021, — Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund)
The term “washed” is just another example of a knee-jerk reaction that comes out of people’s mouths without much thought or consideration.
In the year 2021, this will be the norm.
It’s right up there with “smh,” “he’s trash,” and other mindless generalizations and summaries we hear hundreds of times a day.
It’s particularly difficult to comprehend in this case, given that DeRozan averaged 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and a career-high 6.9 assists for the San Antonio Spurs last season.
There was nothing about that performance that suggested the future Hall of Famer was “washed.” Granted, we didn’t see anything that suggested he was about to embark on what appears to be his best season yet, but the “washed” label was premature.
When it comes to “the fit,” most people will admit that pairing two primary scorer types like DeRozan and LaVine–both of whom aren’t known for their defensive prowess–didn’t seem like a winning formula.
Most of them were incorrect, but that was to be expected.
Normally, these kinds of collaborations don’t fare as well as this one has over the course of a dozen contests.
If you’re a Bulls fan, you’ve probably been pleasantly surprised by what you’ve seen so far.
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