DeMar DeRozan On ‘Podcast P With Paul George’

DeMar DeRozan On 'Podcast P With Paul George'

DeMar DeRozan talks Bronny James committing to USC with on “Podcast P With Paul George”.

Today, we share highlights from this week’s episode of “Podcast P With Paul George”–presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment–which features PG and the guys sitting down with 6× NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist, DeMar DeRozan.

Together, the two LA basketball legends cover a range of topics including Bronny James committing to USC and the hype surrounding next year’s team, and address why so many players in the league don’t appear to be fully in love with the game [in reference to Patrick Beverly’s recent comments and LeBron’s infamous tweet where he claimed his son was better than some established players in the league].

The two also discuss game-winning buzzer beaters and reflect on Damian Lillard’s epic 37-ft buzzer beater over Paul George during the 2019 NBA playoffs.

Later in the episode, DeMar shares a few of personal stories about his early playing days including the origin story behind the nickname, “Deebo”, having to get a passport two days before being drafted by the Toronto Raptors, and turning down an offer to play at North Carolina because coach Roy Williams refused to take on DeMar’s childhood best friend, Romeo Miller (aka Lil’ Romeo).

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

[00:00:45] DEMAR ON THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE NICKNAME DEEBO

DD:From middle school and high school all my teachers everybody only called me that. It was a thing from back home. I remember it started in 6th grade. I used to hoop at PE with the 8th graders and I got into it with one of the 8th graders, big dude. We ended up getting into a fight and I beat him up….and the whole school was like ‘he got beat up like he was Deebo’ and everybody stuck with that. It’s crazy, I promise to God I’ve never told that story and it came from me getting into a fight with an 8th grader.”

PG:Hold on. You beat up an 8th grader and you were dunking in 6th grade!?!? Goddamn!”

[00:19:25] DEMAR ON TURNING DOWN GOING TO NORTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY AFTER COACH ROY WILLIAMS REFUSED TO TAKE DEMAR’S BEST FRIEND, ROMEO MILLER (AKA LIL’ ROMEO) ALONGSIDE HIM

I wanted to go to North Carolina. One, because it reminded me of Compton High with the blue and Michael Jordan went there. I just really wanted to go to North Carolina and I remember we’re going on a visit and we’re sitting in Roy WIlliams office and I’m like ‘Yeah I want to come here’ and he is like ‘ Yeah man we’d love to have you but we’re not taking [Romeo Miller]’…I said ‘oh shit!’ He was right there….So I’m like, that’s my dog, so I say ‘fuck it then, I ain’t coming here either. You ain’t taking my man, fuck it I’m gonna stay home and go to [the University of Southern California].”

[00:21:13] ON GETTING DRAFTED BY TORONTO AND NOT HAVING A PASSPORT

So two days before the draft [the Toronto Raptors] gave me a guarantee. If you [are] at 9 we’re gonna take you. So I had to sit my ass at the federal building and get a passport a couple days before the draft… The crazy thing, my whole first year I was by myself because nobody in my family didn’t have a passport. Nobody could come pull up on me… I didn’t know nothing. I was eating gyros off the side of the street at the little stand. That was my dinner.”

[00:22:31] DEMAR AND PG ON BRONNY COMING TO USC AND HIS OUTLOOK AS A COLLEGE PLAYER

DD:For one, how great he is, just already handling the spotlight and the attention that comes with him being who he is, he handles it so well…When I went [to USC] I used to wonder why we don’t get more attention? Why guys don’t want to come here and be in the middle of LA, down the street from the Staples Center and build this university up? More for the basketball side, we all know what it does for football. But basketball-wise you just need that big name to come there and bring that attention in. He [is] the perfect person for that! The way he comes in, the way he’s gonna handle it, the attention he’s gonna bring and the player he is, I think it’s gonna push SC to another level we haven’t seen.”

PG:I know people like to compare him with Bron Bron and I got to watch him play in Vegas…That was my first time seeing him up close and he got it bro. He got all the shit Bron got, high IQ, he [is] athletic, make the right plays, he can shoot that shit. I was amazed! And as you said, he’s got the personality, the charisma, the humbleness….They basically go the little version of him. He’s gonna be elite.”

DD:I’m very excited and looking forward to it because it’s really gonna be something dope. This is gonna be special and definitely gonna be a mini-Staples Center in there [Galen Center]. I think that alone is [going to] bring so much excitement to sports [at USC] from the basketball side.”

[00:25:38] ON LEBRON’S VIRAL TWEET SAYING BRONNY IS BETTER THAN PLAYERS ALREADY IN THE LEAGUE

DD:We do got a lot of sorry motherfuckers in the league… I’m gonna be completely honest with you….Being in the league so long you realize how many motherfuckers don’t love the game of basketball, who take it for granted, who feel so entitled and want everything that come with it but don’t put the work in. It’s so frustrating. Especially [because] we played in an era where you had to earn everything. You got we have so many guys coming in now thinking they should be playing because their homeboy told them they’re nice. And it’s like bro you [are] not good! I definitely got Bron’s standpoint of that because you’d be surprised.”

PG:It’s a good 75-100 that stinks! Good dudes though.”

[00:42:08] ON BEING ON THE WRONG END OF GAME-WINNING SHOTS, PG LOOKS BACK ON THE INFAMOUS DAMIEN LILLARD SHOT THAT KNOCKED OUT THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER IN 2018

When that play was going on, I’m in front of him and I’m watching the time behind him and it’s going down. So I’m like ‘At what point is he gonna make his move?’ I see him sizing me up so I’m like, I know this nigga is about to shoot this shot from here!’ …To make the shot even tougher, bro he ended side-step it…That shit was like a gatorade commercial watching that shit… It does suck to be on the bad side of such an iconic moment. I be seeing that shit in commercials in the NBA [promos] and the kids be like ‘Dada!'”

[01:45:25] DEMAR ON FIRST TIME MEETING KOBE BRYANT; TURNING INTO MENTORSHIP

I think my first time meeting Kobe was– I was 15 years old at the Kobe Camp…There’s a picture that’s been floating out there when I was at his camp and I was sitting front row. And you see Klay [Thompson] in the second row. We [were] literally locked into everything he was saying. From that moment, being at his camp, I didn’t realize he knew who I was…it started to slowly turn into a whole different type of relationship that just came from the respect of me being an athlete, really paying attention to everything he said. By the time I was a senior in high school, next thing you know, I’m getting his shoes personally. Giving me his shoes, you know, ‘play in these.’ Next thing you know I’m going to SC and he’s like, ‘alright I’m going to sponsor y’all to wear Kobes.’ I remember he made special Kobe 4s for us to wear. It started from there, just the respect of paying attention to him, asking him questions. Whatever I needed, he was always there. No matter what it was.”

[01:46:53] DEMAR ON WHY HE WEARS NUMBER 10

I mean the reason I wore 10 was because of the Olympic Kobe. That’s why I wore number 10. And I remember telling him that. You know, everyone was wearing 8 or 24.”

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