It’s no surprise that San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan isn’t too fond of some aspects of social media
On top of being a star on the court, DeMar DeRozan is as real as it gets as a person. His personality has been a perfect fit for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs, who pride themselves on hard work and humility.
In a conversation with a fellow Compton native and rapper Problem, DeRozan opened up about his humble beginnings and how he’s handled the rise to stardom. Having both grown up making names for themselves and getting out of the projects, the two bonded over how so many people seem to want what they now have while only putting in a fraction of the work.
In the first episode of his YouTube series Morning Walks, Problem and DeRozan took a stroll to share their thoughts. “You see so many people want everything they see,” said DeMar. “but they want to put in half the work.”
“Pocket-watching is at an all-time high,” agreed Problem. “It’s a disease that’s bigger than anything you’ve ever seen.”
DeRozan then began explaining why that ties into his dislike of some aspects of social media.
“It makes me hate social media because people play this whole perception of [being] perfect,” began DeMar. “Let me put my phone down — oh, I’m really miserable because I don’t want to put in the work to make it look like how I’m looking [on social media.]”
If DeMar could be described in a few words, authentic would be one of them. From sharing his experiences with mental health issues publicly to speaking out on social justice concerns, what you see is what you get. While he does use social media on occasion, his real-life actions are what matters to him most.
“I’m with my kids, I’m about to show them what’s real and what’s fake,” said DeRozan. “A lot of people get caught up in that phony s—. It’s too fake.”
Part one of the interview can be seen above, with a second part coming soon on the 50Million Media channel.