DeMar DeRozan's first trip home this season comes a little more than a week earlier than it did in his freshman season.
And if that's the only similarity between the two visits, DeRozan will be one happy Raptor.
The first homecoming was one to forget.
Last Nov. 13, the Compton native led his new team into the Staples Centre where he had starred as both a collegian and high school player and laid one big egg.
Hyped up, as expected, to be playing at home in front of family and friends and having scratched and clawed for every ticket he could get his hands on to accommodate them, DeRozan was all but fried out once the actual game tipped off.
He managed just two points on 1-of-4 shooting and played just 11:04. On only two other occasions in his entire rookie season did DeRozan see less playing time than he did that night against the Clippers.
He vows it won't happen again. For starters, he won't be handling any ticket requests.
"My Dad is handling all of that," DeRozan said. "I don't even know how many. I told everyone: 'Just leave me alone. Don't ask me nothing about tickets.'"
DeRozan doesn't want to spoil his own homecoming.
"First time going it was stressful," he said. "I didn't realize how crazy it was going to be. But now, now that I know what to expect, it's not very stressful."