Kevin Durant Says Environment Around LeBron James Is ‘Toxic’
Kevin Durant may turn into a free agent following the season, but it surely doesn’t sound as if he sees himself as a match with LeBron James.
The Golden State Warriors star informed Bleacher Report that will probably be onerous for the Los Angeles Lakers to signal gamers to be teammates of James due to the “poisonous” surroundings that comes with the territory.
“A lot hype comes from being round LeBron from different folks,” Durant mentioned. “He has so many fanboys within the media. Even the beat writers simply fawn over him. I’m like, we’re taking part in basketball right here, and it’s not even about basketball at sure factors.
“So I get why anybody wouldn’t wish to be in that surroundings as a result of it’s poisonous. Particularly when the eye is B.S. consideration, fluff. It’s not LeBron’s fault in any respect — it’s simply the actual fact you may have so many groupies within the media that love to hold on each phrase. Simply get out of the best way and allow us to play basketball.”
Durant mentioned many gamers have to change the best way they play to be teammates of James. He cited Chris Bosh throughout James’ stint with the Miami Warmth and Kevin Love throughout James’ second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers a two prime examples.
“Kevin Love, he needed to completely change his recreation to suit, to be a shooter,” Durant mentioned. “Which, I believe, he deserves far more credit score for switching his recreation. Bosh, identical approach. LeBron is a participant that should play with guys that already understand how they play the sport — and shooters.
“Like, younger gamers which can be nonetheless creating. It’s all the time going to be onerous as a result of he calls for the ball a lot, he calls for management of the offense and he creates for everyone.”
Star gamers comparable to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler could possibly be available on the market this summer season however the Lakers aren’t believed to be on the prime of both participant’s radar.
Durant mentioned he doesn’t view Leonard as a match for James.
“In the event you’re a youthful participant like a Kawhi, attempting to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t actually make sense,” Durant mentioned. “Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his fingers, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo together with his post-ups; it’s how he performs the sport. Numerous younger gamers are creating that talent. They don’t want one other man.”
James has often made life tough for coaches — there are already rumblings he ignores Luke Walton’s play calls — however the Lakers coach got here to James’ protection and informed ESPN that he’s an “unimaginable teammate.”
“He’s very unselfish. He’s received a number of championships with different superstars,” Walton mentioned. “So I don’t actually … I haven’t learn the article so I can’t touch upon that, however what you’re asking me, to me the query is, why would you not wish to play with LeBron? He’s a winner and he’s an unimaginable participant and he’s unselfish.”
As for Durant, his potential free company could be tied partially to a relationship with teammate Draymond Inexperienced that was poisonous on a minimum of one event this season, resulting in a one-game suspension for Inexperienced.
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