Kevin Durant Reveals Why Star Players Don’t Want to Team Up With LeBron James

Kevin Durant Reveals Why Star Players Don’t Want to Team Up With LeBron James

KD blames the “toxic” media environment.

With much speculation regarding KD’s upcoming free agency this offseason, plenty of people in the media have pushed the narrative that Durant will join LeBron in L.A. In light of these new comments, that’s looking unlikely.

In an article published by Bleacher Report today, KD criticizes the media for the way they cover anything related to LeBron, and how that affects possible free agent signings.

Kevin Durant blames the media for having created a “toxic” environment around LeBron James.

KD says that’s one of the factors that might make a fellow superstar free agent think twice about joining forces with King James.

KD says that, “He has so many fanboys in the media. Even the beat writers just fawn over him.”

Durant goes on to explain how players like Chris Bosh and Kevin Love have had to adapt their game around LeBron, who is much more commanding and ball-dominant. And that’s not to mention all the media attention that comes with playing alongside him.

​Durant believes many young stars in league like Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard are put off by LeBron’s playing style, as they don’t want to have to change their own game to accommodate LeBron, and they don’t want to be under such heavy scrutiny by the media. ​​

Durant thinks it’s much easier for role players to fit in with LeBron.

Per Bleacher Report:


Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who has been more ambiguous about his potential free-agent plans for next summer, said he understands why certain stars might balk at joining forces with LeBron.
Durant also noted that the suffocating media attention around James doesn’t help, either.

“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.”

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