NBA star DeMar DeRozan gave a candid interview about his struggles with depression

DeMar DeRozan in action against the Chicago Bulls.

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DeMar DeRozan in action against the Chicago Bulls.
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  • After sending out a cryptic tweet over the NBA’s All-Star weekend, DeMar DeRozan acknowledged struggling with depression.
  • DeRozan told The Toronto Star he had dealt with depression since he was a kid but was glad to be speaking out.
  • He is having a fantastic season on the court for the Toronto Raptors.

The NBA star DeMar DeRozan recently opened up about his struggles with depression in an interview with The Toronto Star.

“It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day,” the Toronto Raptors guard told The Star. “We all got feelings … all of that. Sometimes … it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”

DeRozan’s interview came after he sent out a cryptic tweet over the All-Star weekend with the quote “This depression get the best of me,” a lyric from the song “Tomorrow” by Kevin Gates.

DeRozan, who described himself as having a quiet demeanor, told The Star he sent the late-night tweet during a dark moment.

“I always have various nights,” DeRozan told The Star. “I’ve always been like that since I was young, but I think that’s where my demeanor comes from.”

Now, DeRozan is glad that he spoke up.

“Sometimes you hear things from other people, such as doing something like that [tweet]. There could have been a better way to take that approach, but I got great words from a lot of people,” he said.

“It’s not nothing I’m against or ashamed of. Now, at my age, I understand how many people go through it. Even if it’s just somebody can look at it like, ‘He goes through it and he’s still out there being successful and doing this,’ I’m OK with that.”

DeRozan has certainly achieved a high level of success. He recently appeared in his fourth NBA All-Star Game, and he is averaging over 20 points a game this season while leading the Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference.

There are some more great quotes in the article, so give the whole thing a read over at The Star’s website.