2023’s FIBA World Cup witnessed the Lakers’ familial culture as Los Angeles starter Austin Reaves embraced his former backcourt tandem Dennis Schroeder in pursuit of Germany’s successful tournament campaign.
A defeated United States roster in the hands of Germany headed for the dugout with their heads down—hungrier for a return to the world stage. The undrafted-turned-Los Angeles Laker starter lingered outside the opposition’s locker room following the loss, sharing an intimate moment with Schroeder, receiving his red and gold threads in exchange.
Spectating from afar, the 25-year-old Reaves continued to root for the German Toronto Raptor, addressing the media post-semi finals matchup.
“Tip your hat to him, you know. I know how special this moment is for him.” Reaves mentioned.
Routing a short-handed Serbian squad by six points, Schroeder took his unparalleled skill set and elite-level experience to notch a 28-point, 2-rebound, and 2-assist performance for the gold. Averaging 19.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 1.4 steals throughout the tournament, the Federation presented the 11-year National Basketball Association veteran with its TISSOT’s Most Valuable Player honors—and the first FIBA World Cup victory for the European basketball nation.