Bulls' DeMar DeRozan planning hellish summer workouts for teammates

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DeRozan planning hellish summer workouts for teammates originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

DeMar DeRozan isn't messing around this offseason.

One day after the Chicago Bulls' 2021-22 playoff run ended with a five-game, first-round defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, the All-Star forward revealed to reporters an already-scheduled portion of his summer.

"I plan on having a lot of guys (Bulls teammates) come to LA for sure," DeRozan said. "Work with me, put 'em through a lot of the hell I put myself through in the offseason."

DeRozan, a Compton native, has held rigorous offseason training sessions in the Los Angeles area for more than 10 years. He credits Kobe Bryant, an idol and mentor of his, as the impetus behind the routine.

"I got it from Kobe early in my career," DeRozan said. "His conversations and his preparations and the way he approaches his craft was always given to me in a way of: 'Take this and apply it to you the best way as it fit. But this is how I got to where I got.' And that's all I had to hear from him. I just took everything that he told me and ran with it, because I felt like his recipe that he put out there worked."

Indeed, it did. Now, DeRozan wants to share that gospel with his Bulls teammates — and Patrick Williams, in particular.

"Pat's my main victim," he said with a smile.

"I'm looking forward to having him (Williams) spend some time with me in LA, having him get up at 4 o' clock in the morning, kind of breaking him down. And whoever else want in on the team."

Other than that wake-up time, DeRozan declined to share details of the workouts.

"I'll let them tell you," he said, smiling again. "Give them until after summer and all the guys who go through it with me will be able to tell a hell of a story, because it's normal to me."

Or, the Bulls hope, the players who participate will simply show the benefits of that work on the court.

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