Raptors’ Pascal Siakam honors Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan by wearing ‘Comp10’ shirt
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 12, 2019
Siakam’s gesture drew mixed reactions from fans around the league, especially after DeMar DeRozan uttered controversial statements about the current run of the Raptors. However, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun revealed that Siakam said that he was not trying to cause a stir and that DeRozan just sent him some stuff.
It can be remembered that DeRozan made it no secret that he felt betrayed when the Raptors traded him to the San Antonio Spurs. In a recent Bleacher Report interview, DeRozan said that the Raptors would not have reached their current status if not for the groundwork that was laid out when he was still with the franchise.
“I fought. I sacrificed. I pushed the limits to where I had to be the sacrificial lamb,” DeRozan said. “You just have to sit back and understand you’re the reason so many things were even possible.”
“I had to be the sacrificial lamb” @DeMar_DeRozan is still rooting for the Raptors in the Finals but explains why he was so hurt when the trade went down. Season finale of “Take It There” with @TaylorRooks https://t.co/CNL1gyPDtm pic.twitter.com/WKUtzvow29
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 4, 2019
DeRozan spent his first nine seasons in the league with the Raptors, and previously turned down enticing offers to stay in Toronto. Like DeRozan, a number of Raptors fans were also disappointed when his loyalty was not valued by the franchise, but the move made wonders for them, as they are now a win away from winning their first NBA title.