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DeMar DeRozan apologizes for Drew League fracas

Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:19 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 11:50 am
Posted by Ben Golliverdemar-derozan

Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan is a native of Compton and a veteran of the esteemed Drew League, the West Coast's best known summer league circuit.

On Saturday, DeRozan had the chance to pull out a last-second win in a Drew League playoff game for his Go H.A.M. team. Instead, he was at the center of a mini-controversy that resulted in a tossed ball, a bumped referee and a bunch of yapping.

Here's how it went down. Go H.A.M. trailed a Long Beach team named Problems 85-84 with six seconds left. DeRozan took a side inbounds pass near the three-point line, drove hard right into the key and contacted a rotating help defender while putting up a runner. The runner bounced off but was dunked in by one of DeRozan's teammates on the put-back. That potentially game-winning basket didn't count, however, because a referee whistled DeRozan for a charge on the play. (See video of the play below.)

Play continued with Problems hitting two free throws. Go H.A.M. wasn't able to get up a game-tying three-pointer on their final possession and time expired, giving Problems the 87-84 victory. After the buzzer sounded, DeRozan made a point to track down the basketball, which he heaved across the court in frustration. Moments later, one of his teammates charged at the referee, body-bumping him with a fair bit of force, causing the official to stagger backwards but not fall to the ground. The teammate was eventually restrained after some further barking. (See video of the exchange below.)

On Sunday, DeRozan owned up for his part in the fracas on Twitter. "I want to apologize for my actions at the Drew League today," DeRozan said. "I got caught up in the Heat of the moment, but should've handled it better."

He also expressed his appreciation towards the Drew League. "Shout out to the Drew League for providing a great atmosphere for basketball," DeRozan said. "Appreciate the opportunity to play there!"

The incident comes just days after Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley pushed a fan in the face at a New York City streetball game and Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes punched an opponent in a San Francisco pro-am game.

DeRozan averaged 17.2 point and 3.8 rebounds in his sophomore season for the Raptors last year.
Here's video of DeRozan being whistled for the charge courtesy of YouTube user dominator2800.

Here's video of DeRozan flinging the ball and the referee getting bodied courtesy of YouTube user timbojimbo.

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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:16 pm

DeMar DeRozan apologizes for Drew League fracas

Seriously guys. Take a look at the video again. There was slight contact at the legs. The defender started going down before there was any upper body contact. On a real charge you can't see the empty space between the two players. At the moment of so called contact there IS no contact. There is about 5 inches of separation between Derozen's body and the defender. If the defender maintained his position and took the contact, he was in position for it to be  charge. But he chickened out and flopped several seconds too early, eliminating the possible contact. No body to body contact, it is a no call.

Would the tip in occur after the no call? Who knows? But at least the fans would see a barn burner.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:21 pm

DeMar DeRozan apologizes for Drew League fracas

In other news, Kobe Bryant was spotted buying milk at a local grocery store.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:21 am

DeMar DeRozan apologizes for Drew League fracas

i think it was a good call. the defender did get there first on time. yea the guy flopped a bit. but that just sold it more, which he didn't have to.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:08 am

DeMar DeRozan apologizes for Drew League fracas

not calling it a great call but the defender beat him to the spot and there was enough contact. more than enough to make demar miss the shot. if it was a no call and he missed the shot would you call that a bad call? his teammate wouldn't have got that tip jam, only reason he got it was because whistle blew and the other players stopped playing. it is a "damnd if you do and damned if you don't" type of call...

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 9:48 pm

DeMar DeRozan apologizes for Drew League fracas

I didn't think it could get much worse than some of the missed calls in the NBA but this one was REALLY bad. The defender flopped, there was barely any contact and the official anticipated the call. He took an exciting ending away from the fans.

Does not excuse Derozen's behavior after the game nor the bump but the call was horrible.

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