‘Hell Of a Ride’: Rajon Rondo Describes His Experience About Playing Alongside LeBron James

December 24, 2020 5:51 pm

Rajon Rondo, a future Hall of Famer, has enjoyed numerous achievements in his career. He is the best teammate to have, a statement with which several legends and NBA champions would agree. Rondo has played alongside many great athletes. The most recent one was LeBron James, with whom he won the 2020 NBA championship. 

Rondo joined hands with LeBron in 2018, and it was his first time teaming up with the four-time MVP in twelve years of playing in the league. The Lakers did not find immediate success with this combination, but they struck gold in 2020. 

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after receiving 2020 NBA Championship ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Two-time NBA champion Rajon Rondo recently appeared on ‘All the Smoke’ podcast, where he was asked to detail his experience in playing with LeBron James. 

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Rajon Rondo’s teammate experience with LeBron James

“It was a hell of experience. Like I said, [LeBron James] was very vocal this year in film, as far as helping young guys understand what they need to be where we need to be as a team,” mentioned Rondo. 

Rondo is credited as one of the most gifted players ever, and his basketball IQ is unparalleled. Thus, it was indeed a delight when two great minds in Rondo and LeBron took the court together. It was a new learning experience for both athletes as well.

“I was picking his brain and studied him, his body of work, the way he moves. When I go back and watch film, I used to always watch film on myself and then I’ll watch a film of him, [Anthony Davis], and understanding where they want the bar and where they’re great at,” Rondo added on the podcast. 

“So that was my mindset when I was going into it and like I said, but to be able to play with him and pick his brain daily understand his discipline, what he’s done to be able to become so dominant in year 17 and it was fun to watch and great to be next to. It was a hell of a ride these last couple of years,” he added.

Rondo certainly enjoyed the experience of playing alongside LeBron James, but their stint together as teammates ended when the former made the move to Atlanta during the 2020 offseason.

Rondo left the Lakers and joined the Hawks on a two-year contract, which makes things exciting for the fans in Atlanta. A genius like Rajon Rondo always creates an impact on the roster with his immense knowledge of the game. 

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing to the website since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from the Madras Christian College. Outside of writing, Arjun has also conducted interviews with significant personalities in the sporting world such as notable NBA Insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, and Jerry Castello, the CEO of USA Natural Patches, and the founder the basketball tournament ‘The 5.’ Arjun manages the Golf division of the site. In addition, he covers news pertaining to the NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Tennis divisions too.

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