Raptors news: Dennis Schroder takes shot at Lakers, Scottie Barnes moves to Toronto

BERLIN, GERMANY - 2022/09/18: Dennis Schroder of Germany (Photo by Nicholas Muller/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - 2022/09/18: Dennis Schroder of Germany (Photo by Nicholas Muller/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

Having pride in your country is one thing, but Toronto Raptors point guard and Germany national team leader Dennis Schroder was so elated by his success in the 2023 FIBA World Cup that he inadvertently took a shot at the teams he had played on in prior seasons.

Schroder, Franz Wagner, and Daniel Theis helped Germany pull off an insane 113-111 upset of the clear favorite United States, setting up a gold medal game matchup against Bogdan Bogdanovic and Serbia. Schroder is very bullish on this German team’s potential.

Schroder said the Germany team he has helped lead was the best team he has ever played on, including both international and NBA teams. Apparently, Daniel Theis and Moritz Wagner are a better frontcourt tandem than LeBron James and Anthony Davis in his mind.

This statement clearly sounds ridiculous if you view it in the context of figuring out the most talented team he has ever played on. In terms of how well the group plays connected, team-first basketball, Schroder might actually be on to something here.

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  • Bleacher Report put out 10 different trade predictions for the 2023-24 NBA season, one of which was the Raptors refusing to trade PG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam to keep the core intact. Masai Ujiri had multiple chances to break them up, and he’s constantly refused.

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