The Atlanta Hawks are knee-deep in their first-round series with the Washington Wizards, and it’s turned more chippy than not. But that hasn’t stopped Dennis Schroder from proclaiming his admiration for John Wall, his counterpart. He’s down with complimenting Kyrie Irving as well–so much so he’s already inquired about working out with them this summer.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Chris Vivlamore:
The Hawks young point guard said he has learned a lot from his All-Star Wizards counterpart and would like to continue to do so this summer. Schroder said he has approached Wall and the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving about working out together.
“To compete against almost the best point guard in the league, you get better every game,” Schroder said of Wall following a practice Sunday. “I told him already I want to work out in the summer. I told that to Kyrie (Irving). Kyrie told me that too. You keep getting better playing against these guys.”
Working out with Wall specifically would be a good idea for Schroder. He has to handle more of the playmaking responsibilities with Jeff Teague gone, rather than just being aggressive on his own behalf with the second unit. Wall balances the two better than most.
Will Wall grant Schroder’s request, though?
We don’t know.
And we’re unlikely to find out from Wall until after this series is over, assuming we find out at all.