Being a rookie in the NBA isn’t easy. If it was, we probably wouldn’t have that thing called, “the rookie wall” that people harp on about every year as soon as someone’s numbers start to drop, even in the slightest. But that’s understandable. For a lot of these guys, they’re fresh off of spending at least one year in the confines of some nice college, having all their needs catered to, without having to worry too much about all the things that come with stepping out into the real world. But as soon as they hear their name on draft night and sign that rookie contract, things change pretty quickly.
Obviously, everyone reacts to it differently. Some rookies run full speed into the rookie wall, leaving them concussed and with a slight case of memory loss, forgetting all the damage they did in the months leading up to that accident. But some are lucky enough to not hit it that badly and instead, make little mistakes along the way.
Well, on Saturday night, everyone’s favorite rookie, Dennis Schröder, made one of those, “little mistakes.” With 2:12 remaining in the first quarter, he checked in for Kyle Korver, but was sporting a slightly different look that we’re used to seeing from the Hawks.
The 20-year-old from Germany checked into the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, a game he got an opportunity to play in thanks in part to the injury of Jeff Teague, still dressed in his practice shorts.
via Whoops! Dennis Schröder Enters Game In Practice Shorts | Hawks.com.
If you were hoping for photographic evidence, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a nice close-up of Schröder’s shorts and as you can see, they’re quite different to what Paul Millsap is wearing:
Luckily for him, one of the Hawks’ equipment managers called him over as soon as there was a break in the action and they did a little switcheroo.
And when he checked back in the second-half of the third quarter, he looked just like his other Hawk-buddies. TADA!
Apparently Mike Budenholzer wasn’t so happy about Schröder’s blunder, though, so it isn’t all good news. Also, he was 1-for-1 in practice shorts and 0-for-5 in game shorts. The Hawks may want to look into that.