Today is January 31. In Indianapolis, just before he succeeded in the first of his two “game winners” at the buzzer, DeMar DeRozan came very close to expulsion, after an arbitration decision, on a ball outing. Except that the intervention of Ayo Dosunmu prevented him, just in time, from collecting his second technical foul.
Rebelote two weeks later, in other words this Tuesday evening.
Deprived of a whistle against the Pistons, before the Bulls took off on the scoreboard, DeMar DeRozan got carried away against the refereeing body. But Ayo Dosunmu was once again watching the grain and rushed to his teammate to immediately put him back on the right track.
A rookie looking like a veteran
By observing these two game facts, we almost forget that Ayo Dosunmu is only a 21-year-old rookie and that DeMar DeRozan is playing his 13th year in the league. But the two players complement each other on this point and the All-Star fullback/winger “ appreciate “as much as he” having fun “Interventions of the 38th choice of the last Draft.
” I don’t know if he necessarily calms DeMar [DeRozan], because DeMar is one of the calmest professionals I’ve come across in my life. “, confided, however, Billy Donovan , the coach of the franchise.
Still, Ayo Dosunmu’s interventions have beneficial effects on DeMar DeRozan. No matter how angry he is.
” It works and that’s why I calm down so quickly when I see it “, acknowledged the former leader of the Raptors and Spurs. ” He comes towards me aggressively, he whispers little things in my ear, I walk away and calm down. As soon as I lose my temper and he comes towards me, I’m going to stop right away… I have the greatest respect for him. »
But what can Ayo Dosunmu whisper to DeMar DeRozan, to make him come to his senses so quickly?
” I just tell him to calm down, that everything is fine, that there will be other actions and not to worry about what the referees decide. In the moment, I do everything possible to calm him down “Simply answered the pure product of Chicago, a native of “Windy City” and passed by the University of Illinois.
As surprising as his team
Already well integrated into Billy Donovan’s rotation (19 minutes on average), Ayo Dosunmu demonstrates in any case, evening after evening, that he has fallen in the ideal place. The place that allows him to express all his qualities, from a basketball point of view and from a human point of view.
” He is really lucky to be able to rub shoulders with veterans like ours. “, estimated even Billy Donovan. ” If DeMar [DeRozan] was a veteran who does not speak, Ayo [Dosunmu] think, ‘I can’t talk to him. Except that DeMar is very accessible and that says a lot about who he is, he helps him a lot. And Ayo is a great teammate, very invested in everything. »
And the good relationship between DeMar DeRozan and Ayo Dosunmu is one of the engines of this great Bulls team, which tops the Eastern Conference (27 wins – 11 losses).
” We are close “said the rookie. ” It was never about ego with DeMar [DeRozan], from the beginning. He always puts the team before himself. He’s a cool guy… This mutual respect is built because he’s aware of my work ethic and because I’m aware of his. He is a competitor, he wants to win and he does everything for it. That’s why he don’t take it personally [quand il est repris à l’ordre, ndlr]. »
Interesting against Detroit tonight, in attack (10 points) and in defense on the first choice of the last Draft, Cade Cunningham (limited to 8 points and 3/11 on shots), Ayo Dosunmu will have the possibility of making more talk about him this week. At home, the Chicago players must indeed face Brooklyn then Golden State, so as to prove that they will definitely have to be counted on, this season.
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