Since dramatically signing his 4-year, $40 million extension just literally minutes before the Toronto Raptors were about to tip off their 2012-13 season, DeMar DeRozan has been the subject of scrutiny from the media for his play. As one of the last players to sign a sizeable extension in the 2009 NBA Draft Class, DeRozan has been off to a pretty decent start, but if the Raptors are going to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, he’s going to have to make the leap from a good player to a very good or maybe even great one. Maybe he can draw inspiration from his kicks, as he wore the Air Jordan IX “Johnny Kilroy” against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Kilroy, the fictitious character superstar recreational league basketball superstar who took the NBA by storm by dunking on Alonzo Mourning and scoring 79 points in one quarter, has been on the minds of sneakerheads as of late thanks to recent spate of Air Jordan IX drops. If DeRozan could harness maybe even 10% of that greatness just from wearing Kilroy’s kicks, he would average close to 30 points a game. His stat line against the Mavs? 24 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Ok, that’s more like 8%, but DeRozan still has time to grow and get that 2% and I think he can.
Jordan Brand was seen all throughout the league on the Wednesday, as there were a whopping 13 games on the schedule. Michael Beasley and Monta Ellis went back to MJ’s early championship days, Joe Johnson met up with an old friend and Nick Young is going on the way back machine for his kicks. Even DeMarcus Cousins got into the act with a colorway of the CP3.VI that nobody ever expected to make it on the court.
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