During the Chicago Bulls media day, All-Star wingman Demar DeRozan opened up about his approach to the upcoming season. He knows that people expect him to build on last year's spectacular performance, where he led the team to its most successful season since 2015. He's also well aware of the whispers regarding his age. At 33, DeRozan is no spring chicken in the NBA. But he's not ready to relinquish his place among the league's elite.
Ready to go toe-to-toe with Father Time
DeRozan has played 13 seasons in the NBA, but his latest one was his masterpiece as he posted career-high numbers across the board—27.9 points per game on 50% shooting to go with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists. With the 2022-2023 season tipping off in less than a month, pundits are asking whether the Compton-native can replicate his stellar play from a year ago.
"It ain't like I'm 48," DeRozan said. "As long as I got wheels on this car, I'm going to ride it until these wheels don't work anymore. While I'm driving this thing, I'm going to figure out how to be the most effective and efficient driving machine that I can be."
DeRozan hears the chatter about the miles on his body, but he knows he still has a lot of good basketball left. And he plans on proving the doubters wrong once again this season.
"I love getting older just to show people you still can get better the older you get," said DeRozan.
Incredible offseason regimen
The creativity and consistency of DeRozan's play have been on full display the last few seasons. But what's even more impressive is how he's maintained his high level of play despite his advancing age. DeRozan's intense offseason training regimen is a big reason for that. Whether training with Bulls forward Patrick Williams in Los Angeles or heading to Jamaica for another round of training sessions, DeRozan leaves no stone unturned when preparing for the upcoming season.
"I never put those thoughts in my mind, saying, 'Oh, I'm going into my 14th year. Maybe I'm slowing down or can't do this.' I don't even think that way. I'm trying to be the best player I can be."