To explain DeMar DeRozan’s anger towards ESPN’s John Hollinger, we’ll have to go back to what happened earlier on Wednesday.
Toronto Sun writer Ryan Wolstat said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was insulted by ESPN’s prediction of his team going 33-49 for the upcoming season. Here is exactly what Casey had to say on the matter:
“I saw today someone predict we’re going to win 33 games, so, with that lack of respect, that should get us motivated to come in this gym each and every day to bust our tails … I’m just telling you guys that, Hollinger report or whatever it was. That right there tells us how much lack of respect the league has for us and how much we’ve got to continue to work each and every day we walk on the floor.”
Apparently, some were simply more insulted than motivated. It’s one thing to have a desire to prove the critics wrong – that’s always a good thing.
It’s another thing, however, to call them names because you don’t like where they ranked your team – someone has to be at the bottom, after all.
With the addition of critical pieces to the team like Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Jonas Valanciunas in the offseason, better times may be ahead for Toronto. Still, they have yet to prove anything.
Once they If they actually make some noise in the upcoming season, perhaps then, DeRozan will have more of a reason to call someone a clown for doubting his team.