Scott Brooks Praises LeBron James’ IQ, Says He Calls Out Fake Plays to Deceive Other Team

Omar Guerrero
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Much has been said about LeBron James’ basketball intelligence, but Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks decided to add to the narrative.

According to Brooks, whose team was obliterated by James’ Los Angeles Lakers 125-103 Friday night, the four-time MVP is so smart that he makes up imaginary plays to confuse opposing teams. But when the same thing is done to James, he calls the opposing team out.

James may have done something similar to the Wizards in their first meeting this season when he recorded 23 points, three rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block.

Brooks’ assessment of James’ ability to read plays is eerily similar to the evaluations made of the Lakers star by other head coaches. The Detroit Pistons’ Dwane Casey and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers have told similar stories.

During an episode of NBA TV’s “Open Court” a few years ago with several coaches appearing as guests, Casey, who was coaching the Toronto Raptors at the time, and Rivers spoke about the difficulty of playing against James because of his incredible IQ.

“The [smartest] player to coach against, and one most difficult going through in the playoffs, was LeBron James,” Casey said. “This guy was looking in your mouth right there and just calling it, he was telling the players exactly what was gonna happen on the play that you called.”

Rivers added that James wasn’t that type of player during the 15-time All-Star’s first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he evolved as a player when he joined the Miami Heat in 2010.

“That changed, and you know this,” Rivers told Casey. “We beat them a couple of times when he was in Cleveland. He was not that way. I’ve never seen a change in a player. I knew we were in trouble in Miami when we were coaching. When he was in Cleveland, he was just playing basketball. We get to Miami and he’s in Miami now and he’s calling our plays out, he’s staring over at our bench. He’s reading stuff. I remember saying, ‘This is not good.’”

In the game between the Lakers and Wizards, Brooks also complimented James’ team by calling them the league’s best this year.

“That’s the best team in basketball,” Brooks said. “Their record is 17-2 for a reason.”

The two teams meet again on March 28 at Capital One Arena in Washington.

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Omar is a former writer for King James Gospel. The very first team he rooted for was the Showtime Lakers and his favorite player back then was James Worthy. Seeing the Purple and Gold win back-to-back championships in the '80s made him a basketball junkie for life. He has witnessed and celebrated every Lakers championship since then and is now looking forward to a new era of basketball in Tinseltown led by LeBron James.