Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Kevin Durant offers rare hint on future: It's 'toxic' around LeBron James

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Even the beat writers just fawn over him.

"We'll be champions again before you know it", Bryant said of the Lakers via Kyle Goon. In addition to the fact that even the best have to become role players in James's shadow, Durant said the stardom that surrounds LeBron is "toxic".

Durant was speaking ahead of Golden State Warriors" clash with Cleveland Cavaliers tonight and he blasted James for his "media favouritism'. "Every single game. So, you know, you can kind of slice it how you want it, but I understand what Magic and Kobe are saying, and we have to continue to develop these guys because if we don't, then long-term, what does that do for our franchise?" He's got a awful contract that doesn't even start until next season, but maybe playing in LA and next to LeBron would help the All-Star guard play like a max player on both ends of the floor. So I get why anyone wouldn't want to be in that environment because it's toxic.

Kevin Durant spoke candidly about the issues in having another superstar play with LeBron James. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offence, and he's not a No. 1 option at all, not even close.

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In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Durant discussed the challenges associated with playing with James.

Former Phoenix Suns executive Amin Elhassan first brought up the issue last month, stating there was a problem with the Lakers if James was the leading scorer in the National Basketball Association this season.

"Kevin Love had to totally change his game to fit, to be a shooter", he said.

"Which, I think, he deserves way more credit for switching his game". So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open. A lot of young players are developing that skill. "Like, young players that are still developing, it's always going to be hard because he demands the ball so much, he demands control of the offense and he creates for everybody". We want to see how much our young guys can grow and be the best they can be. He added that although James was playing a career-low 34.7 minutes, his minutes were high-usage minutes given his statistics.

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