Dennis Schroder’s Comments on his Celtics Role Indicates How the Failed Lakers Stint Changed His Mindset

Published 10/02/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) smiles as he is introduced before the start of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


Dennis Schroder was one of the biggest talking points of the off-season as he turned down a big offer from the Lakers and signed with the Celtics. According to reports, Schroder has signed a one-year deal with Boston Celtics. He turned down a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers worth around $80m.

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Dennis Schroder excelled in Oklahoma as a sixth man. He started just 16 regular season games among the 144 he played with the Thunder. But he found himself as a regular starter after signing with the Lakers last season.

Mar 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) brings the ball up court against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) during the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Schroder started all 61 games he played and averaged 15.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 5.8 APG. He impressed the Lakers management, who wanted to tie him down to a long-term deal. But Schroder had other plans and now he will settle in Boston. Recently, in an interview, Schroder talked about his excitement at joining the Celtics and his mindset after leaving LA.

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Dennis Schroder talks about his mindset after leaving Los Angeles Lakers

Dennis Schroder recently appeared in an interview with NBC Sports on the Celtics media day. During the interview, he talked about his previous stints in the NBA and his experience with different teams. Schroder was asked how he can be the best version of himself if he comes off the bench. To this, he said that he is competitive, irrespective of the role he gets to play in the team.

Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, February 6, 2021 – Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) controls a loose ball in front of Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright (55) during first half action at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“For me, it don’t matter if I’m starting, if I’m coming off the bench, it’s the same mindset every single time,” Schroder told NBC Sports.

“So I’ll try to win the game. When I get on the court, I compete. On both ends of the floor. And it don’t matter what role it is.”

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Schroder has previously admitted that he wasn’t comfortable with Los Angeles Lakers last season. He and his agent decided not to renew their contract with the Lakers and signed elsewhere where he was appreciated.

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Despite having a good season with the Lakers, that made him a regular starter, Schroder wanted out. Schroder hasn’t won an NBA title so far and could have stayed with the Lakers. But he wanted to be the best version of himself, irrespective of the money or glory on offer.

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Schroder is now a Celtic, a team that has an equal number of NBA titles as the Lakers. Schroder is excited to play with his new team, which he feels has a winning environment. It’ll be interesting to see how Schroder fits in at the Celtics.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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