The workforce was very younger, with guys like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart shouldering a heavy load. James was a transparent chief and was an enormous affect on the younger gamers on the workforce, whether or not good or unhealthy.
Rajon Rondo spoke to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan about his problem to LeBron this season to concentrate on his physique language. Rondo mirrored on how James’ teammates appeared as much as him final season:
“When guys are making the identical errors again and again and over, it’s exhausting to chunk your tongue however I attempted to get [James] to concentrate on his physique language…These younger guys had been taking a look at every thing he did. In the event that they missed 4 pictures in a row and LeBron was making a face, it was crushing to them. He was their Michael Jordan. They didn’t need to let him down. But when LeBron stated one factor constructive to Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma, they instantly had been again to their previous selves.”
Whether or not James knew it or not, every thing he did had an impression on the opposite members of the workforce. As a pacesetter and mentor, his physique language typically made a unfavorable impression on his teammates.
Though lots of these teammates had been traded away in the Anthony Davis deal, Rondo wished James to concentrate on this within the 2019-20 season.
Not solely has Rondo had some distinctive video games on the Lakers’ present playoff run, however it goes to indicate all the little issues he has carried out for the workforce off the ground this season. As a veteran, and somebody James trusts, Rondo discovered methods to problem his teammates to make them higher in the long term.