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DeMar DeRozan reportedly skipping Masai Ujiri-influenced NBA Africa game


during the Men’s Gold medal game on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Raptors president Masai Ujiri, through Basketball Without Borders, was instrumental in setting up the NBA Africa game, which will be held Aug. 4 this year.

Spurs president/coach Gregg Popovich is directing Team USA’s minicamp in Las Vegas this week.

Though he was selected for both events, DeMar DeRozan – traded to San Antonio and still bitter at Ujiri – is picking only one. And you know which one.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has withdrawn from participating in Basketball Without Borders and the NBA Africa game, sources close to DeRozan told ESPN.


I hope DeRozan and Kyle Lowry enjoy their time together in Las Vegas. Their friendship is the envy of the league. It’s sad the Kawhi Leonard trade separates DeRozan and Lowry as teammates, but it obviously won’t undermine their bond.

This shakeup is an opportunity for DeRozan to reassess what’s important to him, and his choices are clear.