"And I just think I don't like when negative articles come out like that, even if it's not about my teammate, but about my teammate, somebody who carries teams the way he does, I just think we're nitpicking".
"Guys similar to (LeBron), why would they want to play with somebody who does all the same things?"
"Which, I think, he deserves way more credit for switching his game". Moreover, LeBron's style of play doesn't bode well for players used to having the ball in their hands. So I get why anyone wouldn't want to be in that environment because it's toxic. "He has so many fanboys in the media".
Kevin Durant raised a few eyebrows with his comments concerning the environment that comes with playing alongside LeBron James. 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.
"These are the kinds of problems you have to deal with if you're the Los Angeles Lakers". The articles dives into the dynamics of playing with the most talked about player in the National Basketball Association. "It's early. We count on LeBron to do a lot for us and there's a lot of responsibility that comes with the type of player he is". Durant added, "LeBron is a player that needs to play with guys that already know how they play the game - and shooters". This source said Ball and Caldwell-Pope were definitely in the deal, but that there was still discussion whether the third player would be Ingram, Josh Hart, or Kyle Kuzma.
Last month, a Twitter user claimed the Lakers were in trade talks with the Wizards over Wall and were offering three players in return - Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. First of all, why is he saying this?
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors look on during the game on October 10, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
My best guess is he is trying to control the narrative. Instead of people asking "why couldn't Durant go prove himself elsewhere with the Lakers", people will say, "he couldn't join that toxic situation".
There is always the possibility he is trying to trick us by thinking he is not going to the Lakers.