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Has Rajon Rondo revealed a new LeBron James career once the Lakers star retires?

By James Brown

LeBron James hasn't retired from the NBA, but a former Laker could have a new career for the King once he steps off the court

LeBron James hasn't retired from the NBA, but a former Laker could have a new career for the King once he steps off the court

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One thing that LeBron James and Rajon Rondo have in common is high basketball IQ, and the former Laker has revealed how LeBron James tried to outcoach the Miami Heat's head coach Erik Spoelstra in the 2020 NBA Finals instead of just beating the players.

“This goes back to the bubble when me and Bron were in the bubble,” Rondo began. “We’re watching the game. I think it was Miami and Boston again. And we were sitting in the room watching the game, and like I said, it went down to the wire. So, Bron’s like, ‘If we get Miami, I got Spo, and if we get Boston, you got Brad [Stevens].’

“So that was kind of our mindset. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna beat the Heat, or we’re gonna beat the [Boston] Celtics.’ It was more so if we can outcoach or outplay the coaches on that staff in particular, which two guys we felt that we knew pretty good, we were gonna win.”

These comments by Rondo suggest that LeBron James could try NBA coaching once he steps off the court, as he has tried to outcoach several head coaches during his 20-year career, and also is known to give important thoughts and suggestions to his head coaches.

LeBron James outsmarted Spoelstra because of their past together

The 2020 NBA Finals saw Rondo, James, and the Lakers defeat Spoelstra and the Heat in six games. The 2020 Lakers steamrolled their way to an NBA title, getting through the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets in five games each before beating the Heat. James and Spoelstra spent four seasons together on the Heat, winning two titles and making four straight NBA Finals appearances, so the 19-time All-Star was certainly familiar with lots of Miami’s schemes.

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