Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gets blunt on facing ex-teammate Dennis Schroder
The Oklahoma City Thunder squared off against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, pitting Dennis Schroder against his former team. Following OKC’s overtime loss, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shared his feelings on facing his former teammate in Schroder, via Brandon Rahbar of the DailyThunder.
SGA on going against former teammate Dennis Schroder: "Honestly when I get out there, he's just a guy I'm trying to beat."
(Shai also said: "Obviously Dennis is a really good player and it's fun to go against him." But the first part alone is so much juicier.)
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) February 9, 2021
Ahead of the 2020-2021 season, as part of their rebuild, the Thunder traded Schroder to the Lakers in exchange for a first-round pick and Danny Green. Green would later be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for more draft capital.
Before being traded to Los Angeles, Schroder spent two seasons in Oklahoma City, playing alongside Gilgeous-Alexander last season. Schroder would finish as the runner-up for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season, putting him behind Montrezl Harrell, who also joined the Lakers this past offseason.
Despite Schroder and Gilgeous-Alexander being former teammates, Gilgeous-Alexander isn’t about having friends on the court. The third-year guard out of Kentucky views Schroder as another guy he’s trying to beat when they are on the floor against each other.
SGA has quickly been thrust into a prominent role with the Thunder due to the lack of proven talent on the roster. However, he’s proving that he can be a cornerstone for Oklahoma City moving forward as he’s currently notching a career-best 22.6 points and 6.5 assists per game this season.
After the game, Gilgeous-Alexander did say that Schroder is a really talented player in the NBA. But clearly both stars are laying it all out on the line when they face off.