Kevin Durant Says Players Dislike "Toxic" Environment Around LeBron James

Rex Christensen
December 7, 2018

The Golden State Warriors star told Bleacher Report that it will be hard for the Los Angeles Lakers to sign players to be teammates of James because of the "toxic" environment that comes with the territory. The past several days have featured criticism from the aforementioned three players aimed at LeBron.

Among the multitudinous NBAers asked about the topic, Kevin Durant had some noteworthy ideas. "Bosh, same way", Durant said of Chris Bosh, James' former teammate with the Miami Heat.

It was just last summer when John Wall signed an extension with the Wizards that will pay him a total $207 million through 2023.

Quick, if I asked you the top five best players in the National Basketball Association right now, who would you say?

Jeez, Kuzma. LeBron is transforming the Lakers one game at a time when most superstars are reduced to bench roles, which is a far cry from being a "grandpa". Especially when the attention is bulls-- attention, fluff. It's not LeBron's fault at all; it's just the fact you have so many groupies in the media that love to hang on every word.

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At 30 years old, Durant likely won't be thinking about retirement for the next little while, but as he's accomplished just about everything an National Basketball Association player could hope to, it shouldn't be surprising that he's thinking about his next steps.

"Which, I think, he deserves way more credit for switching his game". 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.

"Guys similar to [LeBron], why would they want to play with somebody who does all the same things?" The articles dives into the dynamics of playing with the most talked about player in the National Basketball Association. "They don't need another guy".

"Source No 3 added the nugget that Paul was working on trades to put talent around James because of fears that younger free agents "don't want to play with LeBron anymore". Any opportunity that comes around where I could become [part of] an ownership group or a front office or anywhere I could just help the team as of right now in my life I would go for it, but who knows what will happen at the end of my career?"

Of course, not much was made of the rumor at the time because the source had no credibility, but Kevin Broom of BulletsForever.com chose to ask around if there was anything to it and learned some interesting details. Again, 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 victor and he's an incredible player and he's unselfish".

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