You would imagine that NBA players who appear in independent summer leagues and pro-ams wouldn’t be too intense about them. After all, these guys are really just passing time until the fall when they can return to getting paid millions of dollars to play in front of tens of thousands of people.
But at least one NBA star seems to take the Drew League—the famous pro-am in Los Angeles—very, very seriously.
In the closing seconds of a game this weekend, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan took an inbounds pass and chucked it at the head of a referee, then yelled, “you suck” at the official. He attempted to confront the ref as Nick Young corralled him out of the gym.
This video shows not only the incident but also the minutes that led up to it. DeRozan seems to have been furious he didn’t get an and-one call on a driving lay-up seconds earlier.
Here’s another view of the toss:
Obviously throwing a ball at a ref is not acceptable conduct for a basketball player, and you’d expect DeRozan as an NBA veteran to know better. Obviously he let his temper get the better of him here.
But hey, only a few more months of messing around until he gets back to the NBA, where the refs are… well, they’re better, at least.