About those concerns about Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan finding a way to coexist?

There may be some in the media who have wondered how that particular duo would mesh on the floor with a strikingly similar skill set but for DeRozan, even the suggestion that there might be some question about it working is sheer nonsense.

"First of all, I've known Rudy for years now," DeRozan began. "We've played (and played together) in L.A. a lot and once you have that time and relationship and have watched a guy play -- I've watched Rudy since he was at UConn and I'm sure he has watched me -- but when you know each other like that like you don't need to be teammates for a year or whatever to figure it out."

Gay had a team-high 20 points in his Raptors debut. DeRozan had 19 and seven assists. If there is going to be a problem, DeRozan doesn't see it. In fact, he only sees the combo getting stronger.

"I understand what he does and he understands what I do and we just stay within our games," DeRozan said. "As long as we do that we can't do anything but get better."

DeRozan is legitimately surprised anyone would ever think he and Gay working together could be anything but a positive.

"I read a few things," DeRozan said, "but you know, people are always trying to find the negatives in something. But we're here to win. He wants to win and I want to win just as bad as anything. Once you put that together and understand you don't have two selfish players out there, it definitely can work."