Dennis Schroder recently returned to the lineup and the Los Angeles Lakers have won their last two games, against the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors, despite the absence of Anthony Davis.
The offseason addition of Schroder has been a real boost for the Lakers and he’s earned a lot of praise around the league for his impact on this team. Talking on NBA TV, former player Channing Frye talked about the Schroder, praising his defensive work on the Golden State Warriors. Frye used a very unique way to give flowers to the German player, calling him ‘annoying.’
“I love it. Dennis Schroder and I’m saying this in the nicest way possible is the most annoying person in the NBA. He causes havoc. He picks you up full court, he’s going for steals, he’s calling out your plays. What he does for the Lakers is that he gets them easy baskets.”
Furthermore, Frye talked about LeBron James and the advantages Schroder gives the King, who capitalizes on that every night.
“If you notice, LeBron got two breakaways due to steals. When LeBron gets stuck in the half-court, it’s hard for him to get by guys now that he’s 57 years old. If he can get out in a fast break and that train is coming down the tracks, a lot of people are going to get out of the way.”
“For me, the Lakers defense really predicates their offense, and during the four-game streak without Anthony Davis and without Schroder, they’re having problems getting stops. So for me, Wesley Matthews has stepped up on and off… But Kuzma is a guy that needs to take this opportunity and continue with building blocks. He’s done a great job.”
Even though AD will be sidelined until after the All-Star Game, the Lakers have found the light at the end of the tunnel with Schroder. After losing four straight games, they returned to winning ways and now are ready to continue their good pace in the league.