The Chicago Bulls' All-Star wingman DeMar DeRozan is a consummate pro, having played and thrived in the league for 13 seasons. He didn't get to elite status by playing video games all day like some players do, as he told JJ Redick on The Old Man and The Three podcast.
Work doesn't end on the floor
Deebo has come a long way. From a 20-year-old rookie from USC to being a five-time All-Star and a veteran who his peers universally respect, he's put in the work. A big part of that has been honing his skillset and learning how to become a smarter player, which he says many guys in the league don't do. Instead of doing their homework and watching footage of their next opponent, DeMar said he's noticed that most guys would rather play video games.
"It's not even a lot of guys who watch basketball. I think that's one thing that isn't talked about a lot. It's a lot of guys that don't watch basketball and I always take that personal because I will watch every single game," said DeRozan of his tendency to dissect opponents.
It's that attention to detail and work ethic that has made DeRozan the player he is today. And it's something he says a lot of young guys in the league could learn from.
"Most of the guys would play video games. They would go home, play video games," shared DeRozan.
Lack of attention to detail
DeRozan went as far as sharing a story about a teammate who did not know some details of the opponent they were going to battle next.
"I remember, one of my coaches, Dwane Casey, we had film one day. We was playing the Boston Celtics, and he asked one of the players—cause the night before, Boston had played, too—and he asked one of the players, 'What color jersey did Boston wear last night?'" DeRozan said.
It's that kind of work ethic that DeRozan says a lot of young guys in the league could pick up, especially if they want to stay in the Association for long. And if someone on the Bulls needs a role model in that department, they couldn't do much better than their own All-Star.