Magic Johnson rips Dennis Schroder after Lakers’ early playoff exit: ‘I do not assume he is a Laker’

Dennis Schroder is fortunate that Magic Johnson is not accountable for the Lakers anymore. As a result of if he was, Johnson would not be planning on bringing Schroder again into the fold for the 2021-22 NBA season.

In a latest interview on AM 570 in Los Angeles, the Laker legend ripped into Schroder and stated that he did not assume that Schroder introduced a “successful mentality” to Los Angeles.

“I do not assume he is a Laker,” Johnson stated. “That is simply my opinion. I do not know in the event that they’re gonna signal him again or not. I do not assume he brings the successful mentality and angle that we want.

“He had an opportunity to indicate that on this collection. And, to me, he failed on this collection.”

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Schroder’s efficiency in opposition to the Suns definitely left lots to be desired. In Los Angeles’ 4-2 collection loss to Phoenix, Schroder averaged 14.3 factors, 3.0 rebounds and a pair of.8 assists in 32.7 minutes of motion per recreation for the Lakers. Nonetheless, he shot a cool 40 % from the sphere and 30.8 % from 3-point vary, and he did little to assist the workforce after Anthony Davis’ harm.

In Recreation 4 when Davis acquired harm, Schroder managed solely eight factors whole within the contest because the Lakers stumbled to an eight-point loss. And in Recreation 5 when LeBron James wanted a secondary scoring associate to step up and substitute Davis, Schroder went 0-9 from the sphere and had zero factors in a 30-point blowout loss.

With Schroder now set to be a free agent, his future is unsure at finest. The Lakers did provide him a four-year, $84 million contract at one level, which he reportedly rejected, however he defined that his selection was extra about attending to expertise free company for the primary time in his eight-year NBA profession.

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And Schroder confirmed that he would like to return to Los Angeles.

“On the finish of the day, like I stated, I need to be right here and win a championship,” Schroder stated after the Lakers’ Recreation 6 loss to the Suns. “That’s not even a query. And it wasn’t about cash as a result of all people who is aware of me is aware of it’s not about cash both. In fact you need to be honest. However on the finish of the day, not every part is about cash for me and my household.

“On the finish of the day, if every part’s good, we’re going to come back again and win a championship subsequent 12 months.”

But when Johnson has it his manner, he’d let Schroder stroll.

“If he comes again a Laker, I’ll help him and I’ll cheer for him and all that. However I simply do not assume he is a Laker.”

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