Following James’ signing with the Lakers, the team signed several veterans, who would certainly have to make sacrifices in order to play alongside a player of LeBron’s caliber. However, Kevin Durant doesn’t quite understand why anyone would want to play with LeBron because it makes for a “toxic” environment. From Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:
“So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people,” Durant said. “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 bullshit 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.”
Durant’s comments don’t make it seem like he is attacking James. It sounds like Durant is just pointing out that James’ presence looms largely over a franchise and that other players have to make incredible sacrifices in order for a franchise to be successful over the course of the season. After all, veteran center Tyson Chandlersigned with the team after being bought out by the Phoenix Suns and admitted just days before he signed that you have to “be able to coexist” with James.
“If you’ve got LeBron, you’ve got to make it all about LeBron,” Chandler said. “You’ve got to be able to [coexist] with that and fit with that. Who are you, where are you in your career, and how do you fit in? It’s a sacrifice, but it’s a sacrifice for winning.”
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Source: CBS Sports