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TORONTO - Two weeks into training camp, Raptors All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan hasnt missed a beat, picking up where he left off following last years breakout campaign. Stan Musial Jersey . His conditioning, confidence and leadership qualities have caught the attention of Dwane Casey and the rest of the coaching staff, something the 25-year-old credits to his eventful off-season. With his sixth and most important season around the corner, DeRozan looks back at what he is calling the busiest summer of his life, capped off by a character building experience representing his country and helping Team USA win gold at the FIBA World Cup. DeRozan shares the highs and lows of his experience, including his toughest moment - watching Paul George suffer a gruesome leg injury, recalling what that moment was like for him and his teammates. He also has strong words for those who believe the risk of lending NBA players to international competition outweighs the reward. You can listen to the full interview HERE. Below is a transcript of the conversation. DeMar, for you and Kyle both it seems like youve hit the ground running, a seamless transition from the season to playoffs to the summer and now to camp. How important has it been for you, not just this year but throughout your career, to make sure youre in game shape when you come into camp each season? DeROZAN: Its definitely important, man. Its big because me personally, I never like playing catch-up. Id rather do that on my own time, when I first start working out after the season. Me and [Lowry] understand we carry a big load and weve got to lead by example. So if we come into training camp out of shape or whatever, its going to look bad and might carry over for the rest of our team. Weve got to push them and show them were working extremely hard. Weve got to be the toughest dudes out there when it comes to working hard. Thats our mindset and its been going well. Is that something youre making a concerted effort in doing during the summer, making sure youre always in game shape and ready to go? DeROZAN: Yeah, because I learned something new last year, me personally. To be prepared for the playoffs you have to really take care of your body, really be in shape, playing an extended, longer season than Im usually playing. So this summer I really stepped up my conditioning, weight training, understanding Ive got to get a lot stronger come March, April, going into the playoffs. So just a learning experience, things you go through. Did it feel like it was a busier summer for you this year? DeROZAN: Yeah, for sure. I had a lot going [on]. I was in Vegas for a while, doing the [USA] training camp so this technically feels like my third training camp throughout the summer. Its definitely been a busier summer but in a good way. I competed with a lot of great players and teamed up with a lot of great players who I can learn a lot from and I think its just carrying over. Is there anyone specifically on that USA team, either a player or coach, that you took a little more from, on or off the court? DeROZAN: Not just one person in particular. I think just being around 11 top players in our league for a month and a half and learning from them, day in and day out, really played a big part in mental focus and really changing my approach to the game more. You had been involved in the USA program previously with the select team, how was this experience different for you? DeROZAN: Actually winning a gold medal and being on the actual team, instead of just being one of the guys trying to make the team, I feel like I just took that next step. Thats what it was all about, why I did the select team in the first place and it was an honour being a part of it because I got the opportunity to win a gold medal at a high level. I imagine one of the toughest parts of the experience was being there and seeing Paul Georges devastating injury, do you remember what that moment was like? DeROZAN: Yeah, it was just a dead moment. A real dead, sad moment. Just to see anybody get hurt like that, because he was a close friend of ours and that type of player. Im a good friend of Paul and just to see somebody go down like that and have to miss a whole season is definitely sad. I think a lot of people would acknowledge that a freak injury like that can happen anywhere, at any time but some might make the argument that its too big of a risk and NBA players shouldnt be allowed to participate in international competition. What would you say to those people? DeROZAN: Nah, man. You can slip down the stairs and hurt yourself. It dont mean nothing. Thats all bull crap, honestly, when people say that because when you have the opportunity to do something that you might never have in your life again, why not do it? For you, what did you take out of that experience that you wouldnt have had you not been on that team, playing for your country? DeROZAN: Man, I couldnt even explain it in words, honestly. It was so much. It was just life, you know what I mean? Overall, when it comes to life and basketball, your personal life, everything. You go through so much and you see something new that basketball takes you to. It took me winning a gold medal and everything else speaks for itself. Lou Brock Jersey . And like the near entirety of last season, Jonathan Bernier and Torontos goaltending tandem is up to the task. Vince Coleman Jersey . -- Michigan coach John Beilein is willing to give Nik Stauskas a little leeway when it comes to shot selection. . Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.ROME - English champion Manchester City faces several challenges Wednesday when it strives to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League.Seeking to avoid a group stage exit for the second time in three seasons, Citys injury- and suspension-hit team needs at least a point against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and some assistance from already-qualified Bayern Munich in the other Group E match.Manager Manuel Pellegrinis squad could be without arguably its best four players.Star midfielder Yaya Toure is suspended, top scorer Sergio Aguero is out with a serious knee injury, sustained on Saturday, and playmaker David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany are major injury doubts.Bayern has already won the group with 12 points while the other three clubs have five points each.Roma can advance with a win, while CSKA needs a first-ever victory in Germany, plus a draw, or a City win, in the other match.If City loses, it will finish last and fail to qualify for the Europa League.Here are some more things to know about Wednesdays matches:___VETERAN EXPERTISERoma is still feeling the psychological impact of its 7-1 home thrashing by Bayern, but has maintained second place in Serie A, relying on veterans like 38-year-old captain Francesco Totti and 33-year-old right back Maicon.Maicon had an unimpressive stay at City in 2012-13, when he was slowed by injury, but has returned to form with the Giallorossi this season and last and was one of the bright spots for Brazil at the World Cup.I would love to have his charisma and acceleration, said Roma winger Alessandro Florenzi, who filled in at fullback when Maicon was rested during a draw against Sassuolo at the weekend. Hes a player who creates fear for the opponent even if hes at 50 per cent. And he settles the club down.Maicon has been the one of the few bright spots in a Roma defence that was torn apart in the thrashing by Bayern in October. Jedd Gyorko Jersey. Roma forwards Gervinho and Miralem Pjanic are expected to play despite minor injuries.___ABSENT AGUEROManager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted Sergio Agueros absence in Italy is a monumental blow.The Argentina international scored a hat trick to propel City to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Bayern Munich two weeks ago.Sergio was in a very good moment and he is a decisive player for our team, Pellegrini said after Saturdays 1-0 win against Everton.It is impossible in this moment to know how long Sergio will be out. It is very difficult when you have a problem with your ligament to recover in three days. I always say this team is not just about Aguero.___CHRISTMAS PARTYBayern is already qualified and sure to win the group, but the team want to give their fans something extra ahead of Christmas.There will be a lot of people in the stadium and we want to make them happy, said midfielder Sebastian Rode. Thats our job.Rode also promised Bayern would not take the match lightly.The fans want to see a proper match, he said.Rode joined Bayern this summer from Eintracht Frankfurt. He was not given much hope of making an impact in the star-studded squad, but has been something of a revelation. Rode was responsible for turning around the match in the 1-0 win over Leverkusen last weekend.The coach has made it clear he values me from the very first day and the best evidence of that is the increasing amount of playing time Im getting, he said. I know I did everything right by joining Bayern and Ive already learned a huge amount from my teammates and the coach, but I want more.___FAMILIAR OPPONENTSThis will be the fourth meeting in little more than a year between Bayern and CSKA.Bayern won 3-0 and 3-1 in last seasons group stage and won 1-0 in Moscow in September, courtesy of a first-half penalty from Thomas Mueller. Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Authentic Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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