In his introductory press conference, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder told reporters that he plans to start at point guard this season to allow LeBron James to play off-the-ball more.
This was a bit of a surprise, considering that not only did LeBron lead the league in assists while starting at point guard last season, but that Schroder hadn’t even spoken directly to head coach Frank Vogel about the idea.
For what it’s worth, Schroder did say that his agent outlined the expectation to the Lakers front office before the trade was completed. Hear what award-winning journalist, TV host, and author Skip Bayless have to say about Dennis Schroder’s comments:
“I laughed and laughed and laughed some more! He wasn’t being sarcastic, it was for real! Dennis Schröder is ready to replace the best point guard in basketball who is 6’9″ LeBron James?!” Bayless said.
Last season, Schroder averaged 18.9 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in 65 games (two starts) for the Oklahoma City Thunder.