Former Cavaliers Teammate Believes LeBron James ‘Has the Best Work Ethic Besides Kobe Bryant’

Published 10/15/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


There is no doubt that LeBron James has an outstanding work ethic. It is one of the key facets that has kept him active in the sport for close to two decades. Even at the age of 36, James is one of the fittest athletes in the league, and right up there with the best of the best. Several players have lauded the former NBA champion for his immense work ethic over the years. And former Cavaliers teammate Deron Williams is no different.

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LeBron James and Deron Williams played together with Cleveland for a year. Aside from this, the duo was part of successful team USA setups as well. Thus, they pretty much know each other in and out. A 3-time All-star, Williams was considered a very intelligent playmaker during his prime playing days. On the other hand, he opined that his knowledge of the game was a meager amount in comparison to the ‘King’. Here’s what he had to say.

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Deron Williams claims LeBron James’ thinking is ‘unbelievable’, makes Kobe Bryant comparison

In his decade-long career, Deron Williams averaged over 16 points. The guard was part of some excellent franchises including the Jazz and Mavericks. However, his most prolific stint was surely with Bron and co, where he self-admittedly learned a lot. In a recent interview, the 37-year-old spoke about what it was like to play alongside one of the game’s greatest.

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“It was great. I mean, I had played with LeBron in 2 Olympics, so of course, I knew him and what he brought to the table. It was great. When I talk about work ethics, besides Kobe being around him in the Olympics, LeBron has the best work ethic that I’ve been around. His basketball mind is unbelievable. I consider myself a pretty smart human when it comes to the game of basketball, but his mind works differently,” laid out Williams on ‘Showtime Basketball.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates the final horn against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Do you agree with what former Cavalier Deron Williams had to say? Regardless, James’ longevity speaks volumes about his quality. The superstar is set to kick off his 19th campaign in the league soon, with the LA Lakers. Can the 17-time All-star add another feather to his already illustrious cap?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a Tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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