The Los Angeles Lakers will have some new faces this season in the form of Dennis Schröder, Montrezl Harrell, Marc Gasol, and Wesley Matthews. All players have talked to Lakers media already, with Schröder making some waves early on by basically stating that he will be the starting point guard for the Lakers as his agent and the team discussed it before his trade was even completed.
We’ll have to see about that, but either way, Dennis Schröder’s proclamation rubbed some Lakers fans the wrong way as a newcomer to a championship team had already decided in his mind that he’d be a starter before the team ever even practiced together. Schröder may seem like a threat to the Lakers’ chemistry that was so good last year, but he doesn’t see it that way. The Lakers’ fun nature as a team was something that he actually noticed, and it’s an area that he appears to think he will only help in (starts at 2:40 in his interview with Allie Clifton and Spectrum SportsNet).
This organization, they’ve won 17 titles already so it’s about winning, for sure. But I talked to Coach (Frank Vogel) and they’re having fun as well. You can tell, last season. They wanted to compete, of course, on a high level and win titles, but they were having fun as well. For me, my game, it’s the same. I think I fit in perfectly. The energy, what I bring on defense and offense I think it fits perfectly to these two superstars and the other players as well. I’m looking forward to it, I’m going to bring it every single day and every single night to bring something big to Los Angeles again.
"It's the biggest team, biggest organization…it's an honor for me to play here and compete for big things." Dennis Schröder talks with @RealAClifton about joining the #LakeShow, what Kobe Bryant meant to him, and what he brings to the team on both ends of the floor. pic.twitter.com/5VSrFPJCPf
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) November 30, 2020
We’ll see if the Sixth Man of the Year runner-up will start, but either way, it’s nice to see that Dennis Schröder noticed the Lakers’ great chemistry and easy-going nature last season. It’s obviously something that attracted him about the Lakers, and was apparently something that was discussed with Frank Vogel who always emphasized a loose environment in his first season as a Lakers coach.