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Thunder’s Dennis Schroder plans to leave bubble for birth of second child


During his conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder revealed he’s going to leave the Orlando bubble in three to four weeks for the birth of his second child.

Players who leave the Disney World bubble are currently subject to a 10-day quarantine upon their return to Orlando, Florida.

“I’m not gonna leave my wife by herself while she’s having a second baby,” Dennis Schroder told Thunder reporters, via Joe Mussatto of the Oklahoman.

“(Dennis) Jr. is still 17 months old, so I’m for sure gonna go there and support her and try as much as I can to be there for my family. For me it’s tough. I love my teammates, I love basketball, but family comes first all the time. I’ll try to make something happen with the organization. I sacrifice a lot for my team, but like I said, we still gotta get on the same page that I can see my family maybe when the baby is coming. We’re going to make it work.”

The Thunder, just like the other 21 teams in Orlando, will play eight seeding games from Aug. 1 to Aug. 14. The first round of the 2020 playoffs will start on Aug. 17. OKC has already clinched a spot in the postseason.

Before the season was suspended in March, Schroder was averaging 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Thunder. The 26-year-old was also shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Thunder will face the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers in the eight seeding games. OKC is currently in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 40-24.