The NBA is a microcosm of the world. The league has benefited from the flair, and personality of coaches and players from across the globe. The distinct style and flavor of the association is very diverse, and that is what makes it so unique to fans both near and far.
Each week we will speak with a different athlete to discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from their favorite players of all-time, to the most important things they do to prepare for games.
I sat with Dennis Schröder after a recent Hawks game.
When did you realize you had the potential to become pro?
I think when my dad passed away, you know…I kinda promised him that I wanted to be a pro in the League and since then, I remained disciplined and I tried to reach my goal. I worked on it everyday.
Do you remember the first NBA game you attended?
Yes, I still have memories from before I left to go the NBA. I was playing in Germany and the fans, and everyone was saying that I was going to go to the NBA. It was nice and it was a good memory in Germany. Now, I had never been to the States before, and I went to the Nike Hoop Summit in 2013. They [Nike] invited me, and I played with [Joel] Embiid on one team, and Andrew [Wiggins]. That was my first time in the states and after that, I got drafted by the Hawks, and I came to Atlanta. At the Nike Hoop Summit they took us to a game in Portland, and Portland played Denver I think…and that was the first game I had ever been to.
Growing up who was your favorite player?
Rajon Rondo for sure. I looked everyday for YouTube videos. This is when he played for Boston, and he was just great. Every night when he was playing…I watched it in Germany like 2 o’clock in the morning, 3 o’clock in the morning, you know…and I still had school, but yes, he was a role model for me and my game.
What are the essential things that you do and need to prepare for gameday?
I think everyone has their routine. After shootaround, we eat together as a team, and after that everyone will go to their rooms to take a nap. An hour before the bus leaves, I get ready, and I try to get hyped up, then I get on the bus, arrive to the arena, shoot around and prepare for gametime.
Talk about your hair, and more specifically the blond patch that you have had over the years.
My mom told me to do it. She told me to dye my hair blond, and we figured out how we wanted to do it, and it’s been like this since. I’m always going to wear it like this, out of respect to my mom.