LeBron James is a player that many have praised for his knowledge of basketball: his vision is unmatched in the modern NBA, is he is known as a student of the game. Few have similar levels of basketball intelligence as LeBron James: that is what comes with the status of being the best player in the world. LeBron James is dominant because he is constantly learning.
Derrick Williams, a former No. 2 pick, has recently come out and said there's only one person that is equal to LeBron James in terms of basketball knowledge. Williams is talking about his former coach at Fenerbahce, Zeljko Obradovic, and has fond memories about his time with him.
Obradovic isn't the first name one would expect to hear with LeBron James. One would perhaps expect to hear about a player like Chris Paul or a legendary coach like Gregg Popovich. But the former Fenerbahce coach does have a winning record: Obradovic has 418 wins to 180 losses for his career and has won nine Euroleague titles in his career. Obradovic is an accomplished coach who was also a former player, perhaps leading to part of his success.
It is not every day that someone gets their name compared to one of the greatest basketball players of all-time in LeBron James. But Derrick Williams praised his former coach for a reason: and it is clear from Zeljko Obradovic's accolades that the comparison in smarts to LeBron James is somewhat warranted.