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Canada is and always will be a hockey country, but you’d think the Raptors playoff success this season would make their franchise player DeMar DeRozan a household name among everyone in the city, especially people who work at the arena. Guess not, because when DeRozan went to the ACC to do an interview with ESPN on Sunday evening an arena security guard stopped him and ask him what he is doing there and if he is an employee at the arena.
About seven hours before his evening workout, DeRozan had a hard time entering the court. He had arrived to do a television interview with ESPN. Upon entry into the bowl area, a female security guard spotted him and stopped him. She asked what he was doing there and even went as far to ask if he worked at the arena.
DeRozan just chuckled and kept walking down the 100-level steps and onto the court where his backcourt teammate Kyle Lowry was waiting. The security guard called for backup, assuming a possible trespasser was on the scene.
Once help arrived and saw who was on the court, he said to his colleague, “That’s our two best players.” He was not quite accurate. On Monday night, those two were the two best players on the court.
“That was the first time that ever happened,” DeRozan said of the incident. “I just laughed about it. You know me. I wasn’t tripping. You can call the whole security team in here and obviously somebody is going to know, but she was just doing her job.”