Kevin Durant may turn out to be a free agent following the season, however it 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 “poisonous” atmosphere that comes with the territory.
“A lot hype comes from being round LeBron from different individuals,” Durant stated. “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 atmosphere 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 very fact you’ve so many groupies within the media that love to hold on each phrase. Simply get out of the way in which and allow us to play basketball.”
Durant stated many gamers have to change the way in which 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 sport to suit, to be a shooter,” Durant stated. “Which, I feel, he deserves far more credit score for switching his sport. Bosh, identical method. LeBron is a participant that should play with guys that already understand how they play the sport — and shooters.
“Like, younger gamers which might be nonetheless creating. It’s at all times 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 corresponding to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler might be in the marketplace this summer season however the Lakers aren’t believed to be on the prime of both participant’s radar.
Durant stated he doesn’t view Leonard as a match for James.
“When you’re a youthful participant like a Kawhi, making an attempt to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t actually make sense,” Durant stated. “Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his palms, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo along with his post-ups; it’s how he performs the sport. Lots of younger gamers are creating that ability. They don’t want one other man.”
James has sometimes 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 “unimaginable teammate.”
“He’s very unselfish. He’s received a number of championships with different superstars,” Walton stated. “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 need 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 is likely to be tied partially to a relationship with teammate Draymond Inexperienced that was poisonous on at the very least one event this season, resulting in a one-game suspension for Inexperienced.