San Antonio will welcome back former Spurs player DeMar DeRozan on Friday for the first time since the All-Star started joined the Chicago Bulls in an off-season sign-and-trade agreement last August. Local respect is growing for DeRozan ahead of his return following the release of a candid sit down with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks. In the conversation, the Bulls player reveals the emotionally exhausting off-court schedule he maintained while playing for the Spurs and spending as much time as possible with his dying father.
He tells Rooks that he’d fly between Los Angeles and wherever the Spurs were playing to hang out with his father Frank who battled a kidney condition. He says in the three years leading up to his dad’s February 2021 death, there were “countless times” that he would fly in on game days. DeRozan says the idle time on the plane gave him too much time to think about his dad’s condition and intensified the emotional trauma. He says stepping off the plane and immediately playing in front of 20,000 people was one of the “hardest” things he’s ever done.
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