Rajon Rondo Explains Why LeBron James Makes Any Team An Instant Championship Contender

Published 10/05/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, head coach Frank Vogel (middle) and forward LeBron James celebrate after defeating the Houston Rockets. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has played for 3 teams in the NBA so far. And for each of these 3 teams: Cavaliers, Heat, and the Lakers, he has won an NBA championship. “Playoff LeBron” is a nickname commonly used for LeBron James during the NBA Playoffs. This is because of his iconic performances in the playoffs.

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Playoff success has become so common for LeBron that even his teammates acknowledge it’s almost unfair that he knows exactly how to win. Rajon Rondo, LeBron’s teammate from the Lakers, also earns his nickname from his performances in the playoffs, “Playoff Rondo”.

In the Lakers Media Day press conference, Rondo revealed the secret to LeBron’s success in the playoffs.

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Rondo reveals how LeBron James adapts to different teams to succeed

During the press conference on the NBA’s Media Day, a reporter asked Rondo how LeBron James adapts to different teammates and pairings every season. Rondo said, “He has the blueprint. Not many guys have the blueprint in this league,”. 

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Further, he added, “I think he went to the finals 9 out of 11 or 9 out of 10 times. So I said this about him a long time ago: he has what it takes to win.”

“He knows what it takes and the caliber of players you need on a team, along with himself, to win championships. So he’s done it, he’s probably the best in our era that’s done it, and I also feel like I have the blueprint as well.”

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) reach for a rebound in front of Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) in the third quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The exceptional stats of “Playoff LeBron”

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In LeBron’s 266 games in the playoffs, he has won 174 games and lost 92 times. That’s approximately a winning rate of 2 out of every three games. James has 130 double-doubles and 28 triple-doubles in the playoffs.

No other player in the league’s history has as many wins in the playoffs as LeBron. He has gone to the NBA Finals 10 times in his career, 8 of which came in straight seasons.

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His consistency in the playoffs is so much higher than his regular-season performances. Therefore, to fans, he seems like a whole different person in the Playoffs. So if there’s anyone who knows how to be consistent and how to guide a team to success, Rondo is right, it’s LeBron.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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