Kevin Durant Would not Sound Like Somebody Who Desires to Play with LeBron and His ‘Poisonous’ Surroundings

There have been a whole lot of rumors that the big-name free agent the Lakers are trying to find this summer season might find yourself being Kevin Durant. However when Durant opened up about what it will be like taking part in with LeBron James to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, he sounded something like a participant who needs to play him:

He started by stating what sort of gamers work with LeBron. Saying Kyle Korver, who is just not a primary possibility, works, however somebody who needs the ball of their fingers like Kawhi Leonard doesn’t make sense with LeBron:

“Should you’re a youthful participant like a Kawhi, attempting to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t actually make sense. Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his fingers, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo along with his post-ups; it’s how he performs the sport. Numerous younger gamers are growing that ability. They don’t want one other man.”

Durant is just not fairly as younger as Leonard, however the message is evident in that quote. Durant doesn’t assume a participant of that fashion suits with LeBron, and people are all qualities of his personal.

Durant went on to say Kevin Love deserves extra credit score for a way he needed to modify his recreation. That's right. However as soon as once more Durant sounds as if he needs nothing to do with being on the identical crew as LeBron:

“Which, I feel, he [Love] deserves far more credit score for switching his recreation. Bosh, identical approach. LeBron is a participant that should play with guys that already understand how they play the sport—and shooters. Like, younger gamers which are nonetheless growing, it’s all the time going to be exhausting as a result of he calls for the ball a lot, he calls for management of the offense and he creates for everyone.”

Does Durant strike you as somebody who would need to swap his recreation?

And most significantly but, Durant talks in regards to the lifetime of what it will be like taking part in with LeBron:

“A lot hype comes from being round LeBron from different folks,” 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 bulls–t consideration, fluff. It’s not LeBron’s fault in any respect; it’s simply the very fact you have got 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.”

The important thing right here is him saying “it’s poisonous.” Now, there's a lot to unload right here. To begin with, why is he saying this? What does Durant achieve from publicly speaking about what it will be like taking part in with LeBron when he by no means has?

My greatest guess is he's attempting to manage the narrative. Durant is so thin-skinned and nonetheless clearly bothered by those that query his recreation as a result of he joined a 73-win crew. Everybody needs him to depart, and by doing this it makes it sound as if becoming a member of the Lakers with LeBron can be a foul scenario for any celebrity. As a substitute of individuals asking “why couldn’t Durant go show himself elsewhere with the Lakers,” folks will say, “he couldn’t be a part of that poisonous scenario.” At the very least he can hope that's what they are saying.

There may be all the time the likelihood he's attempting to trick us by pondering he's not going to the Lakers. However in the meanwhile, no constructive final result involves thoughts from that.

What might even be a bigger story right here is the very fact the Lakers could also be working out of choices. The vibe for months has been neither Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard need to come to the Lakers. We all know Kyrie Irving is just not coming, and at the moment it seems a lot much less possible Durant goes to return. Kemba Walker has been nice this season, however he's not the superstar-level participant they want. This then leaves Anthony Davis. Can the Lakers make a commerce for him this summer season?

However would he need to play with LeBron?