Dennis Schröder Intends To Leave Orlando For Birth Of Child

Crucial Thunder backup guard Dennis Schröder has announced that he will leave the NBA’s Orlando restart campus in “three or four weeks” to join his pregnant wife for the birth of their second child, according to Royce Young of ESPN (Twitter link).

“I love basketball, but the family comes first all the time,” Schröder said of his decision to eventually, albeit temporarily, leave the Thunder during the season’s restart (link). “I’ll try to make something happen with the organization…. I’m not going to leave my wife by herself while she’s [having] the second baby. [Son Dennis Malick Schröder Jr.] is still 17 months old.”

Missing Schröder for any extended period of time would be a big blow for Oklahoma City as the club battles for playoff seeding in the West’s crowded middle tier. The team, currently the No. 5 seed with a 40-24 record, currently own the tiebreaker over the sixth-seeded Rockets, who possess the same record.

Schröder, a top contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award, ranks third on the Thunder in average minutes per game (31.0), behind All-Star Chris Paul (31.8) and promising second-year guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (35.1). Coach Billy Donovan has seen great results when playing all three players, each nominally a point guard, together.

A player who receives permission to leave the Disney campus for a family situation will be required to quarantine for four days upon returning, as long as he’s gone for fewer than seven days and tests negative for COVID-19 each day that he’s away.

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9 thoughts on “Dennis Schröder Intends To Leave Orlando For Birth Of Child

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    SGA and Gallo barely average more PPG than Schröder does, losing him for a few games will almost certainly affect where they finish in the standings.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      When he returns, don’t they lose him for another quarantine session as well? Could be looking at 2-3 weeks gone.

        • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

          Wow. I (obviously) didn’t know that. Not sure how 4 days quarantine will be considered effective when the virus has a 2-14 day incubation period.

          • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

            Even with daily testing while away, it just seems like they’re asking for more problems they don’t need.

  2. Sillivan

    50 nba babies next 3 months?

    Leon Rose, LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, Jason Kidd and Steph Curry ……?

  3. x%sure

    People think this is a historical norm, men missing time to be present at a birth to support the wife, but the first time I heard of a pro athlete doing it was if I recall right, tackle David Williams for the Houston Oilers in 1989. It was a shock, and if he wasnt a firstrounder still unsigned, he would have gotten a firm fine and a reputation. But, he turned out to be allstar-level and gradually this action became a valid excuse to be absent.
    Now it’s like an expectation for men, technically useless as it is, especially with modern sedatives for the ladies.

    I thought the Thunder would be dangerous with their smallish lineup that still had Adams. Still could be, since I think things will be jammed after the Lakers.

    • cuffs2

      Try reading the article. You might like it. Schroder want’s to be there so he can provide child care while his wife is preparing for the birth and recuperating from it. Perhaps he wants to keep Mom from losing it while taking care of her 17 month old and giving birth. You obviously see that as women’s work and no doubt any children you may have had suffered because of this misguided notion.

      • x%sure

        I did go somewhat off-subject, since there will not be much repercussion for Schroder and I’m not calling for it, but that post was emotional while mine was ruminative. Yes I read the article; so?— that is not even your point. You are just applying a generic insult and hoping it can fit.

        Everyone in the bubble is leaving their kids behind, Shroder is not different. Nannys are available for what people of Shroders income can afford. Everyone is working it out somehow, but in general, most nannys or babysitters hired, or relatives covering, are likely to be female, which mothers will probably prefer, especially for the duration considered.

        I don’t think what the baby thinks about any male participation in birth will even register.

        As for giving birth, yes the woman does the work, so I guess it’s woman’s work. Men do little… The change is in expectations not the work.

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