A native of Compton, California, Bulls star DeMar DeRozan may have been a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he was a bad, bad man to his home team on Monday. Over 35 minutes on the pitch at the Staples Center, DeRozan lost a season high of 38 points in a 15-of-23 shooting.
Thanks in large part to that effort, the Bulls dispatched the Lakers 121-103 to claim their 10th victory in the campaign. Los Angeles, meanwhile, has lost its second game in three tries and is currently sitting just above the lottery fight in the Western Conference.
DeRozan wasn’t the only one to make it to the home team. Former Lakers Lonzo Ball (27 points) and Alex Caruso (six rebounds, five assists and two steals) also had something to say about the win.
That said, DeRozan’s night stung perhaps the most for Lakers fans. Somewhere in an alternate universe, he’s likely collecting these points for purple and gold. In this, however, the Lakers opted for Russell Westbrook.
And a former player and league analyst seems to want to make sure everyone knows.
For his part, former Bull star Jay Williams couldn’t help but remind Lakers fans what could have been after DeRozan’s departure.
“There’s another chip here [on the shoulder] for you from last night for people who didn’t understand how it went. You know, when DeMar DeRozan got the opportunity to move to another team, you know where he was going? He wanted to be a Los Angeles Laker, ”he said on Keyshawn, JWill & Max.
“He adored Kobe Bryant. He met with LeBron James twice. He was even willing to accept a cut in salary to become a Laker. The Lakers picked Russell Westbrook, which enabled DeMar DeRozan to sign an 85 million dollar deal with the Chicago Bulls.
After his big night in LA, DeRozan told Yahoo! Chris Haynes from Sports, who at one point thought a move to the Lakers was “decided”.
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Immediately after losing the Lakers, Hall of Famer James Worthy pointed out that this was normal for DeRozan, who formed four All-Star teams as a member of the Toronto Raptors.
“Not surprised,” Worthy said of DeRozan’s year to date on Spectrum SportsNet. “He’s an experienced player who knows his game, can’t be defended, difficult to double because he has the middle distance game under control all the time and can put the ball on the ground and finish with contact in traffic.
“He’s done it everywhere he’s played, so I’m not at all surprised that he gets the numbers he gets in Chicago.”