Mike Budenholzer tells Dennis Schroder to play more like Kawhi Leonard
The Atlanta Hawks are currently in a tough battle against the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards. After facing a 2-0 deficit following their loss in Game 2 of the series, they were able to bounce back with an emphatic win at home on Saturday to pull within one game from tying their opponents.
Their starting point guard, Dennis Schroder, has been involved in a lot of trash-talking against John Wall, and Mike Budenholzer apparently is not a fan of seeing him engage in it. The 23-year-old German international recently revealed how his head coach wants him to play, and who he wants him to look up to for better composure.
Dennis Schroder on trash talk in series: "Coach doesn’t want me to talk like that. He wants me to be like San Antonio and Kawhi Leonard."
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) April 22, 2017
Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs have made a name for themselves as a classy organization who has also been one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. Their players rarely let their frustrations get the best of them, which is also something their coach, Gregg Popovich, often preaches to them.
There is no doubt Schroder is a very talented player who has the skill set to become a star in the league someday. However, until he learns to control his emotions and also keep his head in the game, it will be a long process for him to reach his full potential.
The good news for him and the Atlanta faithful is he has veteran teammates, as well as a knowledgeable mentor in Budenholzer, who will help him become the player they have always wanted him to be.