DeMar DeRozan says he ‘had to be the sacrificial lamb’ for Toronto to get where they are now
In the final episode of a docu-series entitled “Take It There,” the four-time All-Star takes us through the emotions he had to go through following Toronto’s decision to offload him in the summer, as well as why he believes he had to be the team’s “sacrificial lamb.”
“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 is a true professional, but given how things went down last summer, it’s quite understandable why the 29-year-old felt so hurt after what he undoubtedly viewed as an ultimate betrayal from a team that he had remained so loyal to throughout his career.
The fact that the Raptors have had the best season in franchise history right after his departure only adds salt to the wounds of DeRozan. Nonetheless, he still feels proud of the team’s achievements this year, and remains genuinely happy for his former teammates.
Toronto may be in dreamland right now, but they have a lot of work to do if they want to bring the title home to Canada. Standing in their way are the three-peat seeking Golden State Warriors who are currently in the midst of one of the most dominant dynasties of recent times.
With so many players on the Dubs currently nursing injuries, however, this has given a full-strength Raptors side quite an advantage, and this might just be the edge they require to upset the defending champs.