This is called a noticed arrival. While he put his bags in Boston for a minimum contract of one year, Dennis Schröder made a bold choice. It is even a first in the NBA for 50 years.
No need to come back to the fiasco of Dennis Schröder’s free agency, everyone remembers. After having totally cracked by refusing 84 million over 4 years to the Lakers, the former Hawks and Thunder saw his value stumble badly, to the point of having to settle for a small $ 6 million in Boston. The episode is now digested, the German is sharp, and he only thinks of one thing: shutting mouths.
In a Boston team that will want to revive and desperately looking for a quality leader, the ex-Laker should have plenty of time to make good stats and contribute positively to the system of Ime Udoka. But while waiting to set foot again, Schröder has settled a crucial choice: that of his number.
Used to wearing the 17 since his arrival in the league, DS had to change since the number in question was withdrawn in Boston in honor of the late John Havlicek. The guard therefore polled the fans, and he came to the following conclusion, announced on Instagram:
After letting fans vote on which number he should wear, looks Dennis Schroder will wear #71 this season in Boston. If so, Schroder will be the first #71 in Celtics history. pic.twitter.com/PVhApe32ew
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 17, 2021
After letting fans vote on which number he should wear, it looks like Dennis Schröder is going to sport the number 71 this season in Boston. If so, Schröder will be the first number 71 in Celtics history.
A first then… which calls for another! Through a little research, we learn that the number 71 has only been worn by 3 players in the history of the league, the last time by McCoy McLemore, who retired at the end of the season. 1971-1972. Schröder has therefore been dusting off a number in the closet for half a century, just that!
If it is probably simply a reversal of the numbers of the # 17 he is used to wearing, some fans are already seeing this choice as a sign of the short-term stay ahead for DS in Boston. According to several fans of the C’s, the franchise leaves wacky numbers only to players who do not have to stay long. However, Schröder will be a free agent next summer, and should probably look far from Massachusetts for the money he missed this summer …
It will take some getting used to, but it’s good with the number 71 that Dennis Schröder will hit the courts next season. A first for 50 years, hoping it brings him luck!