Although a Compton native, DeMar DeRozan turned a staple in Toronto throughout his time with the Raptors. Tonight, he makes his first return to Toronto since his commerce to the Spurs. Tonight, he is the enemy of the Raptors however it’s clear that town of Toronto has unconditional love for the person.

Demar DeRozan made his triumphant return to Toronto tonight for the Spurs vs. Raptors. The rapper was met with a standing ovation by the gang and the gamers on the court docket, a lot of whom clearly miss having him as a teammate. The Raptors made an enormous spectacle of his return, even sharing a tribute video highlighting a few of his most memorable moments throughout his time with the Raptors.

The love Toronto has for DeRozan is undoubtedly reciprocated. Speaking to ESPN after he was traded, he defined that his time in Toronto is one thing that he’ll always remember.

“I may identify one million issues that went on in Toronto that is priceless,” he stated. “From the followers to every thing. You know, from All-Star being there to seeing Jurassic Park for the primary time. So many moments, man. It’s one thing I am going to always remember and unquestionably, it is no changing Toronto in my coronary heart and my mindset as a result of, as I stated, I put all of it and laid all of it on the market simply to see individuals speak about — even simply talked about in being the best participant in Raptors historical past.”