So far this season, Dennis Schroder has played in 45 games for the Los Angeles Lakers.
During that time, he started in 41 of them.
On Wednesday night, head coach Darvin Ham made a big change and chose to use Schroder as a bench player for the first time in months.
Some athletes would be upset by this shakeup but Schroder isn’t one of them.
Dennis Schroder’s response to Darvin Ham asking him to coming off the bench:
“I can do anything he needs. We want to win.”
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Speaking about the lineup alteration, Schroder said, “I can do anything [Ham] needs. We want to win.”
That’s the right sort of attitude for a true team player.
Sure enough, the Lakers had a strong victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, so maybe the benching of Schroder was the right move.
Schroder has had some good nights this season, even scoring as high as 32 points back in January.
But he’s also had some rough games too, like on February 13 when he only racked up two points all night.
This latest starting lineup change for the Lakers is just one of many.
Ham has been trying to find the right approach to victory and has attempted pretty much every conceivable assortment of players.
On Wednesday, it was Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Jarred Vanderbilt, D’Angelo Russell, and Malik Beasley who got things started.
And in the end, the Lakers retained a huge 120-102 win.
He didn’t start the game but Schroder was no slouch with his 10 points in 19 minutes.
It seems likely that Ham will try this new starting lineup again in the future.
And it sounds like Schroder is more than okay with that as long as it results in victory.NEXT: Kenny Smith Makes His Thoughts On Lakers Team Clear