DeMar DeRozan Speaks on the Moment He Found Out About his Trade to San Antonio
After nine incredible seasons in Toronto, DeMar DeRozan was shocked to find out that he had been traded to the San Antonio Spurs. Hell, we were all shocked. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s true what that say — there’s no loyalty in business. And that’s just what the NBA has become.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Abrams, DeRozan talked about the exact moment he was informed about the move to San Antonio.
DeRozan found out about the trade after getting out of a screening of The Equalizer 2, featuring Denzel Washington. Upon leaving the movie theater in Los Angeles late into the night, he checked his phone. “[I] was wondering why I was getting missed calls,” he says.
He was hungry, so he went to get something to eat at a Jack in the Box. In the parking lot, he got the call telling him he had just been traded to San Antonio. “It just caught me off guard,” he says. “I sat in the Jack in the Box parking lot for, like, two hours just trying to process it all, like just trying to process the whole thing, and it just tripped me out honestly, just trying to figure it out, but that’s how I found out. Midnight, sitting in the Jack in the Box parking lot for about two hours till I went home.”
DeRozan then went on to explain how the deal made him realize how few things in your life you can control:
“Just because I say I’m going to go walk outside doesn’t mean I can dictate if I’m going to be able to make it up the street or not. That’s how it hit me. … No matter what you do, you really don’t have control of nothing. You gotta be ready and prepared for anything that comes.
“And that’s how I took it. Because every player works to want to have that power. That was part of the reason why I worked so hard. I wanted to not have no excuse or have no complaints [about] … anything when it comes to work. To have that taken away from me, it showed reality: You don’t have control of anything. As much as we all try to believe it, we don’t.”
Life is about how you respond to thing you can’t control, and DeMar has done that with humility off the court and and explosion on itt, averaging 25.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this season with the Spurs.