DeRozan Prepared for Second London Bout

DeMar DeRozan is hyped about a return to London

DeMar DeRozan is eager to showcase his talents in London for the second time in his career as his Toronto Raptors prepare to face the Orlando Magic at the O2 Arena.

The 21-15 Raptors have had a terrific season so far, and are riding high in fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. DeRozan has been an important part of that success so far this year, alongside the likes of Kyle Lowry, and ‘Air Canada’ feels that this success can continue in London.

“It should be an exciting game. They [Orlando] beat us earlier this season, they broke our streak when we were 5-0, so [I] get a chance to redeem myself from the first time we played them and [we] understand that they’re an exciting young team that we’ll have to come prepared for”.

Of course, this isn’t DeRozan’s first visit to British shores with the Raptors, after he previously played against then New Jersey Nets in 2011, and the Toronto swingman is hoping for a similar reception from the British NBA fans.

“My first time going to London and going over there to play an NBA game was definitely awesome. They didn’t have one team they were cheering for, they were cheering for both teams. This is something I will definitely remember, and this is what made the game even more fun and competitive.

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“I had a great time and I’m glad I’ll be going to represent the Toronto Raptors again. It’s definitely great just to get a change of scenery. Instead of going to our common NBA cities and playing, we’re going to another country, and we will take our families over there and they will experience something new that a lot of us haven’t seen”.

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When it comes down to Thursday’s game though, DeRozan and Head Coach Dwane Casey will obviously be focusing on the task at hand – ultimately aiming to take their franchise on a lengthy playoff run.

“We continue to get better every single time we step out there on the court. We’re always figuring out ways how I can be better and we can be better as a team.

“I think every day is a progression because towards the end of the season as long as we come together, all that matters is going to the playoffs and that’s what is going to count. It is all about who hits their stride when it counts, that’s the most important time”.

It seems that DeRozan and the Raptors will be looking to hit that stride at the O2 Arena, and hope that it will carry them through the rest of the season before the playoffs.

The Orlando Magic host the Toronto Raptors at The O2 in London on Jan. 14 as part of NBA Global Games London 2016. The game is live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Showcase or via NBA LEAGUE PASS (www.nba.tv).

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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