“Bigger Than Just Basketball’: Lakers’ Dennis Schröder Opens Up On Kobe Bryant’s Impact

December 1, 2020 7:00 pm

Dennis Schröder is now a Los Angeles Laker. The runner-up for the sixth man of the year went to the Lakers in a trade, and Danny Green and the Lakers’ 2020 first-round pick went to Oklahoma City Thunder.

Schröder is coming off a fantastic season for the Thunder. He averaged 19 points and 4 assists coming off the bench and helped OKC secure the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Schröder will replace Rajon Rondo at the Lakers since Rondo signed with Schröder’s former team, the Atlanta Hawks. Schröder will be the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He adds another attacking option for the Los Angeles Lakers and will provide scoring for the team when LeBron James and Anthony Davis take the bench.

Schröder is not the only player to join the Lakers. The team also acquired Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell, and Wesley Matthews during the off seas0n.

Dennis Schröder talks about Kobe Bryant

Schröder will be a fantastic addition to the Lakers, who will look to repeat their championship success from last season. The team has solid depth thanks to the new signings they have made.

The German player is looking forward to joining the Lakers in an attempt to win an NBA championship. He is in his seventh season and is entering the prime of his career.

Schröder spoke to Spectrum SportsNet about joining the Lakers and what his hopes and expectations are with purple and gold this season. He is excited to play for the LA team because of his admiration of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and believes that Kobe did much for the sport of basketball. He said:

“Sometimes it’s just bigger than just basketball. I think he was an icon figure for everyone. And that’s just basketball. Just trying to find the right words to make it clear. I played against him when I was in Atlanta my first few years. What he did for basketball is just big time. I’m here now, I’m wearing purple and gold. I’m even more honored to wear this uniform every game, every practice. Like I said, I’m looking forward to it and I’ll give everything I have, every single day.” 

Schröder and the Lakers will take the court on December 22, when the new NBA season kicks off. The Lakers are considered favorites to win the NBA championship.

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