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Dennis Schroder Takes Sly Dig At Lakers After Trashing Austin Reaves Led Team USA At FIBA World Cup

Dennis Schroder and Austin Reaves were teammates in the last season representing the Los Angeles Lakers. They were part of the epic turnaround of the LA side in the previous season. Nobody gave them a chance to make the postseason in the beginning. But after some crucial mid-season trades, they were able to make the playoffs. The Lakers reached the Western Conference Finals against all odds, only to find themselves on the losing side against the Denver Nuggets.

It was humiliating to lose in four games. But the Lakers showed spirit and character that they can turn things around from any position. However, it seems like every player whom the Lakers let go at some point has taken a dig at the franchise. For instance, Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook took jabs at LeBron James in the last regular season. Currently, Dennis Schroder took a dig at the Lakers in the ongoing FIBA World Cup after knocking Team USA out in the semis. Albeit, Team USA will play the Bronze match.

   

Dennis Schroder Shocked The Lakers Fans After The Game Between USA And Germany

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Dennis Schroder Lakers Source: Sky Sports

As usual, Team USA was the favorite to win the World Cup. Fans were rooting for Steve Kerr’s team as Austin Reaves became a fan favorite in the Philippines, among the host countries. However, Team USA lost to Team Germany in the semi-finals 111-113. It was a pretty close and intense match. But Dennis Schroder was successful in carrying his team to the finals. In the post-game interview, Dennis Schroder mentioned that this German side is the best team he has played for among the NBA and national teams. Since then, the comment has raised some eyebrows, wondering if he is taking a jab at his former franchise.

Apparently, Schroder believes the team consisting of Mo Wagner, Daniel Theis, and Franz Wagner are better than the LA side that reached the conference finals last season. Sometimes, players say something outrageous right after a game as they might be out of breath at that point. However, if Dennis Schroder truly believes what he said, he won’t make the Lakers fans happy anyway. He even compared his national team with the side that turned things around in the mid-season to reach the WCF. 

Team USA Is Not Making The Fans Happy

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United States players gather on the court after their loss to Germany in a Basketball World Cup semi-final game in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

If Austin Reaves was the most fan-favorite player of last season’s team, then Dennis Schroder was no less significant as a point guard. However, the Lakers traded Dennis Schroder to the Toronto Raptors in the current offseason. But they retained Austin Reaves for another four-year contract worth $56 million. On the other hand, Austin Reaves-led USA side will have another chance to win a medal. Albeit, it won’t be Gold or Silver.

Instead, Team USA will have to settle for Bronze if they win the next match in the World Cup. Moreover, Schroder’s Germany shocked Team USA and its fans in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. Especially, Austin Reaves had gained so much popularity in the current World Cup. However, he could not win on a winning note. For a long time, Team USA failed to reach the finals of the FIBA World Cup. Certainly, it won’t make the fans happy.