Kevin Durant Describes The Media Around LeBron James As “toxic”

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When Lebron James went to the Los Angeles Lakers many assumed other big name players would soon follow his lead, instead he ended up with lower-level role players that have prevented the powerhouse player from rising in the Western Conference. Warriors forward Kevin Durant says that many players have taken noticed to the negative effects playing alongside the megastar NBA player.

Kevin Durant Describes The Media Around LeBron James As

“Kevin Love, he had to totally change his game to fit, to be a shooter,” Durant told Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “Which, I think, he deserves way more credit for switching his game. (Chris) Bosh, same way. LeBron is a player that needs to play with guys that already know how they play the game — and shooters. 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.”

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Durant goes on to say: “So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people,” said Durant. “He has so many fanboys in the media. Even the beat writers just fawn over him. I’m like, we’re playing basketball here, and it’s not even about basketball at certain points. So I get why anyone wouldn’t want to be in that environment because it’s toxic. Especially when the attention is bulls**t 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. Just get out of the way and let us play basketball.”

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Lebron James now 34-years-old signed a four-year deal to the Lakers, the longest he’s signed since he went to Miami —  for players like 36-year-old Tyson Chandler, who said “If you’ve got LeBron, you’ve got to make it all about LeBron” being the roleplayer is perfectly accepted. However, when it comes to prime-time players, they have showed no interest in playing next to James.

Many players are not up for trading their stardom for a chance to win a championship with LeBron. One scout told Bleacher Report that, “Some stars are looking at it and saying, ‘Why do I want to add to his legacy?'”

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