DeRozan and George look back at LeBron.
Demar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls appeared on the podcast ‘Podcast P Show’ hosted by Paul George on the 16th (hereinafter Korean time) and talked about various things.
He is currently playing in Chicago, but the first team that comes to mind when talking about DeRozan is the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan, who joined Toronto in 2009, has been a key player in the team for a long time and has been loved a lot.
Toronto, led by DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, was one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. There was also a period when he recorded 55 wins in the regular season three times in four years.
The team built to stop Toronto was the Cleveland Cavaliers led by LeBron James. Toronto suffered the pain of being eliminated after meeting Cleveland in the playoffs for three consecutive years from 2016.
The second round of the 2018 playoffs, when Toronto was swept by Cleveland on a four-game losing streak, would be DeRozan’s final time playing for the Dinosaurs. Toronto got swept against Cleveland for the second year in a row and made the decision to trade DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard.
So, to DeRozan, LeBron was like an insurmountable wall. That’s the feeling not only for DeRozan, but for many players who played in the Eastern Conference at the time. From 2011, the first year of the formation of the Miami Big 3, to 2018, the last year in Cleveland, Lebron won the Eastern Conference eight years in a row and advanced to the Finals.
DeRozan said, “I think my most memorable play was the third game of the second round in 2018, the last year of my Toronto days. LeBron drove the ball over the court and succeeded in a one-legged floater. With that, my life in Toronto was over먹튀검증. We was pushed back to 0-3, and lost in the 4th game,” he recalled.
He continued, “I still remember the scene where LeBron put the one-legged floater in because I played in the game. He definitely annoyed me.”
There was another player in the broadcast that left Lebron with bitter memories. Paul George, who played an active role as a representative star of Indiana.
George’s Indiana is a team that harassed Miami, led by the Big 3, in the Eastern Conference. But in the end, he couldn’t cross the wall in Miami. Even after moving to Cleveland, LeBron stood in front of George, and after losing to Cleveland in the 2017 playoffs, George transferred to Oklahoma City.
George sympathized with DeRozan, saying, “LeBron took me too far away.” In a way, DeRozan and George can be seen as the biggest victims(?) of LeBron’s era. George lost to LeBron four times in the playoffs during his Eastern Conference career.
“We got swept by Cleveland in the first round in 2017, and they met your team (Toronto) in the next round. That was the last time I was in Indiana. LeBron pulled me out,” George reflected.
Then, DeRozan smiled, saying, “We were swept by Cleveland at that time (2017 playoffs).”
After a long reign as the Eastern Conference’s dominant player, LeBron moved to the Western team Lakers after the 2018 playoffs. DeRozan moved to Chicago via San Antonio, and George traded once again from Oklahoma City, now playing for the Clippers.