Dennis Schroder pushes spicy narrative on playing with LeBron James, Anthony Davis
It’s no secret that Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schroder had an unceremonial exit from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. He was angling for a huge extension but it massively backfired. At least at that time.
After absorbing savage takes from Lakers fans and NBA observers, Schroder is now playing at a high level with the Celtics. In retrospect, having only a one-season pitstop with the Purple & Gold turned out for the better.
Before the Celtics faced the Lakers on Tuesday, Schroder said while playing for the Lakers was a great experience, being teammates with LeBron James and Anthony Davis didn’t bring out the best in him (via Brian Robb of MassLive).
“That’s the reason I was hesitating a little bit. The way I played is not how Dennis played over his whole career in the NBA so that’s the reason I was like, ‘Okay, I have to see how it’s going next.’ That’s the reason why I even didn’t talk to the organization and said, ‘Listen, we can talk about (the contract) after the season. I want to concentrate during the season to finish it.’”
It’s clear that playing with an All-Star pair like LeBron and AD will force other players to sacrifice their production. That comes with the territory, more so for a popular team like the Lakers.
But even though he’s also teammates with another All-Star duo in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Dennis Schroder said he’s feeling better with the Celtics.
“Now, in the situation I’m in, I think I’m 100 percent comfortable so far. You feel the appreciation, you feel the organization is trying to help you, your family, your friends, or whatever. It’s been great so far. I mean, this is all I wanted and I think we can accomplish something big here.”
If that’s not a subtle shade, then nothing is.