Rajon Rondo shares what he learned from playing with LeBron

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Rajon Rondo is an experienced veteran but even he had plenty to learn from playing with LeBron James. Recently he shared the biggest lessons.

Veterans don’t come much more experienced than Rajon Rondo — he’s won a title, played more than 800 regular-season games and more than 100 additional playoff games. It’s one of the reasons the Atlanta Hawks were eager to sign him this season as a steady hand off the bench, and one of the reasons the Lakers featured him heavily in their championship rotation last season.

But even with all he’d seen, teaming up with LeBron James on the Lakers turned out to be a learning experience for Rondo. He recently appeared on the All The Smoke podcast and talked about what he picked up from The Kings.

What did Rajon Rondo have to say about playing with LeBron James?

“It was a hell of an experience. I was learning, on the fly and on the court. Picking his brains, studying his body at work, the way he moves. To be able to play with him and pick his brains daily and understand his discipline on what he’s done to be able to become so dominant on year 17 it was fun to watch. It was great to be next to and understand that this is elite. I’ve played with so many elite players at a high level, I would say more than 15 first-ballot Hall of Famers. So to see the best of the best, it was a hell of a ride these past couple of years of just watching him.”

If you didn’t catch that there at the end, Rondo called LeBron “the best of the best.” That’s a pretty impressive compliment for someone who also played with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis and Dirk Nowitzki.

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