Last Friday the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (and Alex McKechnie, Director of Sports Science) addressed the media for the first time since his groin injury. Here are some belated quotes and notes from the press conference.
On watching his teammates:
Definitely tough, just for me personally. I'm always used to being out there. They make it a lot easier ever since the Laker game. It's fun. Definitely entertaining to watch my teammates play. I always talk to them all day every day even if I'm not there. They kind of make it easier, as long as they win.
On the severity:
It's probably the most serious injury I've had ever. It was more just frustrating than anything, because I want to be out there every single night with my teammates.
On participating with the coaching staff:
I'm part of the coaching staff now. I'm putting in a little insight at the games, what we could have done better, stuff like that.
On his suit game:
I'm gonna get a couple.
Alex McKechnie, Director of Sports Science
On the approach to the injury:
The way to approach this at the moment is, to be quite frank, we're taking a multifaceted conservative approach to this. We've done some scans, and we've identified some tearing in the muscle.
We take it week to week, we'll assess it again next week and see what we're looking in the way of healing.
On the recovery process:
The recovery process takes time. We're not going to put a time frame on it. It's high velocity injury when it takes place and we got to rebuild the muscle structure back to withstand the same high velocity forces.
Not an option. We're not looking at that.
The Raptors are 2-2 since their loss to the Dallas Mavericks on November 28 in which DeRozan went down with his injury.
How do you think the team's been doing so far?