Kevin Durant Says Environment Around LeBron James will be ‘Toxic’
Kevin Durant could become a free agent following the season, nevertheless in which doesn’t sound as if he sees himself as a fit with LeBron James.
The Golden State Warriors star told Bleacher Report in which in which will be hard for the Los Angeles Lakers to sign players to be teammates of James because of the “toxic” environment in which comes with the territory.
“So much hype comes by being around LeBron by additional people,” Durant said. “He has so many fanboys inside the media. Even the beat writers just fawn over him. I’m like, we’re playing basketball here, along with also also in which’s not even about basketball at certain points.
“So I get why anyone wouldn’t want to be in in which environment because in which’s toxic. Especially when the attention will be B.S. attention, fluff. in which’s not LeBron’s fault at all — in which’s just the fact you have so many groupies inside the media in which love to hang on every word. Just get out of the way along with also also let us play basketball.”
Durant said many players have to alter the way they play to be teammates of James. He cited Chris Bosh during James’ stint with the Miami Heat along with also also Kevin Love during James’ second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers a two prime examples.
“Kevin Love, he had to totally change his game to fit, to be a shooter,” Durant said. “Which, I think, he deserves way more credit for switching his game. Bosh, same way. LeBron will be a player in which needs to play with guys in which already know how they play the game — along with also also shooters.
“Like, young players in which are still developing. in which’s always going to be hard because he demands the ball so much, he demands control of the offense along with also also he creates for everybody.”
Star players such as Kawhi Leonard along with also also Jimmy Butler could be on the market in which summer nevertheless the Lakers aren’t believed to be at the top of either player’s radar.
Durant said he doesn’t view Leonard as a fit for James.
“If you’re a younger player like a Kawhi, trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t definitely make sense,” Durant said. “Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; in which’s how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing in which skill. They don’t need another guy.”
James has occasionally made life difficult for coaches — there are already rumblings he ignores Luke Walton’s play calls — nevertheless the Lakers coach came to James’ defense along with also also told ESPN in which he will be an “incredible teammate.”
“He’s very unselfish. He’s won multiple championships with additional superstars,” Walton said. “So I don’t definitely … I haven’t read the article so I can’t comment on in which, nevertheless what you’re asking me, to me the question will be, why might you not want to play with LeBron? He’s a winner along with also also he’s an incredible player along with also also he’s unselfish.”
As for Durant, his potential free agency might be tied in part to a relationship with teammate Draymond Green in which was toxic on at least one occasion in which season, leading to a one-game suspension for Green.