OKC Thunder: Team '100% behind' Dennis Schröder leaving bubble for birth of child
Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his team is "100% behind" Dennis Schröder's decision to leave the NBA bubble for the birth of his second child.
Schröder's wife, Ellen, is due sometime between Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, Schröder said Tuesday. The Thunder point guard plans to leave the Disney World campus around that time to be with his wife and family.
"He's going to do and make decisions that are best for his family," Donovan said Sunday. "And whatever those decisions are, as a coach, I'm going to support them, and I know our team will support them."
Schröder will likely miss multiple games. The Thunder will play eight seeding games from Aug. 1 to Aug. 14 before the playoffs begin Aug. 17.
Players can leave the Disney World bubble for excused absences, including the birth of a child, but they must quarantine for four days upon returning. They must also test negative for COVID-19 each day they're off campus.
"A normal season, this would've taken place in the offseason, so this is unique," Donovan said. "And then you're talking about having to be quarantined and separated from your son and from your wife, there's a lot on these guys' plates. And the best thing we can do for Dennis is support him when that time comes for him to make a decision."
Schröder, a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, is averaging 19 points per game while shooting a career-high 46.8% from the field. Schröder leads the NBA in bench scoring.