Dennis Schroder wasn’t taking shit from anyone during Germany’s 100-71 demolition of Slovenia in the second round of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday.
Schroder got into it with teammate Daniel Theis, before having an even spicier exchange with his coach, Gordie Herbert.
FULL Audio Of The Dennis Schroder Heated Exchange With His Germany Head Coach👀:
Coach: “F*ck.. sit down! You don’t tell me what to do”
Schroder: “Coach, chill out… You’re not gonna touch me like that” pic.twitter.com/5WX4S00qf5
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Schroder has since suggested his run-in with Theis was nothing worth reading into.
“I mean, basketball is an emotional sport,” Schroder told BasketNews after the game. “It’s a game of runs, and you gotta stay cool. Me and Daniel go way back, I have known him since I was 12 or 13. We had those kinds of moments when we were young as well, but it always helped us to elevate our game.
“That’s what happened today. We got into it, and I told him, ‘Listen, that’s what you gotta do, and you can tell me the same thing.’ Of course, he’s going to be pissed a little bit. It will itch a little bit, but he will give his all. I think that’s what happened.”
Schroder did not address his exchange with his coach. Herbert himself initially made a joke about the incident.
“I just think Daniel and Dennis were talking about their young days in Braunschweig,” Herbert said.
When pressed further on his heated moment with Schroder and how the team would handle the situation, the German coach declined to go into detail, saying it would be dealt with internally.
Clearly, the chaos on the sidelines did little to disrupt Germany’s rhythm.
Despite trailing Slovenia 23-11 not long after the fiery timeout incident, Germany not only forced their way back into the game but took a commanding lead and never looked back, ultimately sealing an emphatic 100-71 victory to continue their undefeated run.
Schroder finished with 24 points and 10 assists on hyper-efficient 8-11 shooting from the field.
The Germans will now play Latvia in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.