DeMar DeRozan Doesn't Seem Too Keen On Making His Breakup With Masai Ujiri Anything Close To An Amicable One
Even for someone that defended DeMar DeRozan's human right to feel feelings in wake of his somewhat callous split from the city he spent the last nine years proudly calling home, this feels like a bit much. I'm not often one to side with management, but - based solely on that line of questioning - you'd think that Masai Ujiri lied to the face of his franchise about having an extensive affair with his girlfriend, not trading him to a perennial contender to be coached by one of the best minds in all of basketball. I think every millennial can relate to the need to cut the chord completely - a la the blocking of numbers and the unfollowing of social media accounts - but I'm starting to think that DeRozan is one more visit to Drake's house away from putting out an album titled DeMarvin's Room.
Like, I get it. He's upset, but - in my experience - a couple weeks, months, or years down the line he's probably going to look back on this level of resentment with regret. It might still seem devastating, but it's not that serious. Masai Ujiri might have broken his heart, but he didn't retain half his max salary in the divorce. We all handle breakups with differing degrees of adolescence and this is a reminder that we're all lucky that the falling out of most of them aren't on display for the world to see. Still, when they are of the professional variety there has to be at least a rudimentary understanding that business is business.
Again, I stand by him being pissed off about how things went down, but the "never talk to me again" tone seems a bit misplaced considering that being traded is an inherent risk associated with the extreme lucrative profession of his choosing. I could be wrong, but - as the Raptors almost assuredly have a tear-jerking tribute in store - time is more than likely going to help heal this fractured relationship. When/if it does, DeMar DeRozan might look back and laugh at just how in his feelings he was in the aftermath of what could easily end up being positive change in his career path.