Doc Rivers praises LeBron James’ work ethic
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has been one of the widely documented and scrutinized athletes of all-time. Doc Rivers, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, had some huge praises on James’ work ethic and how the four-time MVP’s commitment for improvement has set him apart from other players.
ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly recently sat down with Rivers as the champion coach talked about the new-look Lakers.
#Clippers' Doc Rivers continued on #Lakers' LeBron James – "The lesson there for all the guys who aren't as in good of shape: How are you gonna beat LeBron if he's already better AND in better shape?"
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) October 5, 2018
Since entering the league in 2003 as an 18-year old prodigy, LeBron has earned every accolade he accomplished through sheer hard work and a diligent approach on taking care of his body. 15 years into his NBA career, the 33-year old future Hall of Famer does not look like he has lost steam at all.
Rivers and James have had many playoff battles when they were on Eastern Conference before. Rivers and his Boston Celtics defeated a younger LeBron year after year, before the latter gave the Celtics a dose of their own medicine when he joined forces with Dwyane Wade in Miami.
Despite those heated playoff battles, they never lost respect for each other. Rivers even once said that he has LeBron on his top-five basketball players of all-time, per NBC Sports.
“Statistically speaking, and visually since I was the coach of the Celtics and we had a 3-2 lead and I watched him score 45, he is in the top five. There’s no doubt. LeBron has a different game. We’re so used to seeing skill looking graceful. We’re not used to seeing skill look so powerful. I think that rubs people wrong. But LeBron, statistically, championship wise, he’s one of the top-five players to ever play the game.”
Rivers will have plenty of face time against James this season as both their teams fight for supremacy in Los An