“A Once in a Lifetime Player”: Lakers Veteran Was All Praises for LeBron James on Media Day

Published 09/29/2021, 1:16 PM EDT
NEW YORK, USA – JANUARY 22: LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers is seen prior to NBA match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Today, LeBron James is considered one of the best players to ever play in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers star continues to play at the highest level, currently aiming for his fifth league title. However, for many people who have met James, it is his Basketball IQ that ultimately sets him apart.

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On Los Angeles Lakers’ media day, players spoke to the press about the upcoming season and their teammates. Veteran Wayne Ellington shared his experience and thoughts about playing with James, highlighting his extraordinary IQ. Let’s take a look at what exactly Ellington had to say about James.

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What does Wayne Ellington have to say about LeBron James?

“His IQ is through the roof. He can make plays out of anything,” Ellington said.He’s a once in a lifetime player. It’s definitely a shooters paradise, those guys love to pass the ball”. 

James has always been praised for his basketball IQ, which is surely one of the reasons for his unrivaled success. The 36-year-old has played 18 seasons and has won four NBA titles – two with Miami Heat, one with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and one with the Lakers.

The Lakers icon has himself spoken about his IQ and memory, revealing that he has a photographic memory. According to James, he has always had his photographic memory which helps him remember every detail. The four-time NBA MVP also spoke of his childhood, and how his friends called him out for remembering old games. While James did not think too much into it when younger, he now realizes it was something he was born with.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

What do others have to say about James’ basketball IQ?

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Coach Doc Rivers has also spoken about James’ IQ, praising the NBA icon. Rivers explained that while many in the league might have James’ body, there is no one who can have his brain. Jason Kidd also spoke about the same, adding how James’ brain will help him play till he is 40. His former teammate Iman Shumpert has also shared his views on James’ brain, and how the latter is always eager to help share his knowledge.

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The Lakers have already won the 2020 title with James’ leading the team. While last season ended with an underwhelming result, the team is hoping to turn things around soon.

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, she has over two years' worth of sportswriting experience at Republic World. Devika loves NBA a little too much and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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