Kevin Durant: Media Creates 'Toxic' Atmosphere Around LeBron James

Kobe Bryant

There have been a lot of rumors that the big-name free agent the Lakers are searching for this summer could end up being Kevin Durant.

Lonzo Ball is in his second year with the Lakers.

Former Phoenix Suns executive Amin Elhassan first brought up the issue last month, stating there was a problem with the Lakers if James was the leading scorer in the National Basketball Association this season.

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Durant discussed the challenges associated with playing with James.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio last week, Johnson, president of basketball operations with the Lakers, revealed they are monitoring the Akron, Ohio, native's minutes and are looking to avoid having everything run through him as it was the case during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bryant put bandwagon Warriors fans on blast during a Lakers All-Access event Monday, in which he arrived via helicopter. "So, it's a balancing act".

Kobe Bryant isn't playing basketball any more, but that isn't stopping him from taking a shot at the two-time defending NBA champions. So we got guys who just want to continue to develop and guys that continue to get better and better just from experience.

This is not a criticism of James, as much as it is the situation around him. Am I going to shoot the ball well every game? No. I understand the logic behind it. They know what they're going to get out of me. "They don't need another guy".

Kobe Bryant might not be lacing his shoes up for the Lakers any longer, but that doesn't mean his competitive spirit has gone away.

Over these three wins, the Lakers. So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open.

"It doesn't matter", James explained. Again, I haven't read the article so I can't comment on that, but what you're asking me, to me the question is, why would you not want to play with LeBron? "I don't stop. So I can do whatever". Previous year I played every single game.

While Durant describes the environment around James as 'toxic, ' he does not speak for every player. The former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 8.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists on the season.

The Lakers, who signed LeBron James in the close season in a bid to transform their fortunes, are now 14-9 in the Western Conference.

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