Kevin Durant might develop 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 advised Bleacher Report that will probably be onerous for the Los Angeles Lakers to signal gamers to be teammates of James due to the “toxic” surroundings that comes with the territory.
“So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people,” 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 need to be in that surroundings as a result of it’s poisonous. Especially when the eye is B.S. consideration, fluff. It’s not LeBron’s fault in any respect — it’s simply the actual fact you could have so many groupies within the media that love to hold on each phrase. Just 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 Heat and Kevin Love throughout 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 mentioned. “Which, I feel, he deserves far more credit score for switching his sport. Bosh, similar manner. LeBron is a participant that should play with guys that already understand how they play the sport — and shooters.
“Like, younger gamers which are nonetheless growing. 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 similar to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler may very well be in the marketplace this summer season however the Lakers aren’t believed to be on the high of both participant’s radar.
Durant mentioned he doesn’t view Leonard as a match for James.
“If you’re a younger player like a Kawhi, trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t really make sense,” Durant mentioned. “Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it’s how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing that skill. They don’t need another guy.”
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 advised ESPN that he’s an “incredible teammate.”
“He’s very unselfish. He’s won multiple championships with other superstars,” Walton mentioned. “So I don’t really … I haven’t read the article so I can’t comment on that, but what you’re asking me, to me the question is, why would you not want to play with LeBron? He’s a winner and he’s an incredible player and he’s unselfish.”
As for Durant, his potential free company is likely to be tied partly to a relationship with teammate Draymond Green that was poisonous on at the least one event this season, resulting in a one-game suspension for Green.