Kevin Durant raised a few eyebrows with his comments concerning the environment that comes with playing alongside LeBron James. Durant specifically touched on the "toxic" environment the media creates around LeBron. KD told Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher:
"So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people, [...] 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."
Talks abound about the Lakers landing a second superstar to play next to LeBron, but Durant is articulating part of the reason why Kyrie Irving wanted to part ways with LBJ as well as part of Paul George's decision to stay in OKC. Moreover, LeBron's style of play doesn't bode well for players used to having the ball in their hands. Durant added, "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."