Kevin Durant Describes the Environment Surrounding LeBron James as 'Toxic'

Kevin Durant Doesn't Sound Like Someone Who Wants to Play with LeBron and His 'Toxic' Environment

Moreover, LeBron's style of play doesn't bode well for players used to having the ball in their hands.

Durant went on to say Kevin Love deserves more credit for how he had to adjust his game. That's what's most important to me. Bosh, same way. LeBron is a player that needs to play with guys that already know how they play the game - and shooters.

Durant, who spent his rookie season as a member of the Seattle Supersonics before the team was sold and moved to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, wore an old Sonics Shawn Kemp jersey during pregame introductions before that preseason game and then gave a speech to the crowd about how he hoped basketball would return to the city soon.

"So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people", Durant said.

It was just last summer when John Wall signed an extension with the Wizards that will pay him a total $207 million through 2023. After all, James is one of the players that advocated - and possibly even planned - for Chandler to join the Lakers.

"Once I got in, it was just a matter of me trying to make plays and seeing what happened". Especially when the attention is bulls-- 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.

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As the February 7 trade deadline approaches, we'll get a better idea of how much there is to this rumor, but for now it's just a rumor.

The key here is him saying "it's toxic".

After a whirlwind week in Laker Land in which Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and even Kevin Durant weighed in publicly about how LeBron James should play, or in Durant's case what it's like to play with him, James capped the Los Angeles Lakers' 4-0 homestand with 42 points in a 121-113 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Everyone wants him to leave, and by doing this it makes it sound as if joining the Lakers with LeBron would be a bad situation for any superstar.

Instead of taking shots at Durant or even responding to his rival's claims, James took the high road, instead opting to know the full context of his quotes before giving an answer.

At 30 years old, Durant likely won't be thinking about retirement for the next little while, but as he's accomplished just about everything an National Basketball Association player could hope to, it shouldn't be surprising that he's thinking about his next steps. But at the moment, no positive outcome comes to mind from that.

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