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Pistons' Casey praises DeMar DeRozan's development on the court

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Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, right, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith in the first half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-105. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Detroit Pistons Head Coach Dwane Casey delivered nothing but praise to DeMar DeRozan on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

After spending seven years in Toronto coaching the Raptors, Casey reflected on the first time he met the newest member of the San Antonio Spurs at his first press conference with Toronto.

Casey said that DeRozan was there in suit and tie and was ready for the future with him. DeRozan’s father even told Casey that he needs to coach his son and do whatever he needs to do to make him a better player and person.

Casey was able to watch DeRozan turn into the player that he is today.

During their time together, DeRozan became an All-Star four times and the two were able to lead the Raptors to the number one seed in the East last season.

Casey also joked about how when he first came into Toronto, DeRozan was throwing passes into the stands when he tried to run the pick and roll. He then admits that DeRozan was one of the best pick and roll players the Raptors had so they often ran the offense through him.

Casey states that DeRozan is like a son to him. He credits his parents for raising him to become the man he is today, but he can’t help but feel like he helped play a part as well.

This season the two will be facing off against each other. This time Casey with the Pistons and DeRozan with the Spurs.

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