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Despite Ditching Lakers, FIBA World Cup Winner’s Major Feat Earns the Applause of LeBron James

Published 09/10/2023, 2:28 PM EDT

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As the dust settles in the FIBA World Cup 2023, Dennis Schroder has made history and emerged as an MVP of the tournament for his incredible performance. The 29 YO Raptor’s guard has just added another feather to his cap. Despite his complicated relationship with the LA Lakers, King James has applauded him for achieving big in the World Cup.

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Schroder was traded to the Lakers in 2020 and had a solid season. He averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. However, he was a restricted free agent at the end of the season and the Lakers could not agree to a contract extension with him. Schroder eventually signed a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics for $5.9 million.

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FIBA has witnessed an unprecedented event as Germany clinched their first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup title. They triumphed over Serbia in a closely contested final, with a final score of 83-77. This victory was particularly noteworthy due to the standout performance of Dennis Schroder, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Schroder carried Germany with a game-high 28 points, significantly above his average of 17.9 points per game. His exceptional performance played a crucial role in Germany’s historic win.

LeBron James Applauds Schroder’s Performance

LeBron James took to Instagram to express his admiration for Schroder’s achievement. Shroder is the second player from Germany to win the highest honor. After all, they had to wait for more than two decades for this moment. Dirk Nowitzki was the MVP for the 2002 tournament. Recognizing what it would take to make it happen again, Bron shared Shroder’s MVP moment on his Instagram story and wrote, Yessirrrr!! Thats tuff“. This public acknowledgment from LeBron James underscores Schroder’s capabilities as an athlete.


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In 2022, Schroder returned to the Lakers on a one-year, $2.64 million deal. He played well in the regular season, averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 assists per game. However, he was inconsistent in the playoffs and was benched in the Western Conference Finals. Bron’s praise was expected, given their shared history. 

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After the season, Schroder signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Toronto Raptors. He is now reunited with former Lakers assistant coach Adrian Griffin, who is the Raptors’ head coach. After winning the highest title in the World Cup, Shroder is set to return to the NBA ahead of the season.

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Written by:

Chetan Kumar


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Chetan is an NBA content writer at Essentially Sports. Being an active basketball player since his school days, he has always been a dedicated follower of the NBA. His passion for the game has drove him to pursue a career in sports journalism.
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Saumya Khanduja