DeMar DeRozan thinks he has been snubbed despite having a great season and leading the Spurs to the 7th spot in the Western Conference.
On Friday night, the league announced that NBA commissioner Adam Silver has named Utah Jazz’s Mike Conley to replace the injured Devin Booker in the three-point contest as well as the All-Star game. Being snubbed again, made DeRozan feel outright frustrated again. He took his anger to Twitter and stated how there was nothing he could do other than ‘laugh’. DeMar tweeted:
‘Gets to a point where you just gotta laugh at the bulls**t!!’
Gets to a point where you just gotta laugh at the bullshit!!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) March 6, 2021
‘He deserves to be on the team’: Gregg Popovich reacts to DeMar DeRozan being snubbed again
Does the Spurs guard have a reason to being disappointed for not making the cut for the All-Star team? DeMar has been averaging 20 points, 7.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game on a playoffs-calibre team. No Spurs players will be participating in the event held in Atlanta.
While, Mike Conley becomes the third Utah player – behind Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, to make the team. Conley, who will play his first all-star match in 14 seasons, averaged 16.1 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. There could be a possibility that Conley denied DeRozan of his fifth All-Star selection.
San Antonio Spurs’ great head coach Gregg Popovic also felt that DeMar was wrongfully not taken on the squad. He expressed his feelings and stated in an interview:
“I was disappointed that he (DeRozan) didn’t make it. I feel bad for him. He deserved to be on the All-Star team, in my opinion. He’s helped us win, put us in a good position, he’s scored and he’s distributed the basketball. His leadership’s been amazing.”
Unfortunately, that’s how it happens every year. With over 450 players in the league, only the best 24 make the cut for the All-Star team, it is bound to leave out a few notable players who could’ve made the team. Many NBA players would feel as if they’ve been robbed of the opportunity to play in the All-Star game. But, sadly, that’s just how it is.