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.

Related News:

Most liked

Huawei Technologies CFO arrested in Canada, accused of violating Iran sanctions
Ian McLeod, spokesperson for Canada's Justice Department, said on Wednesday the arrest took place in Vancouver on December 1. The Wall Street Journal reported the U.S. government was trying to persuade companies in allied countries to avoid Huawei.

Petrol wars: Iran threatens to blockade Gulf oil exports over USA sanctions
Iran's president downplayed the economic impact of sanctions, accusing the media of exaggerating the country's problems.

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway
Reports on Twitter indicate that two US military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan . The planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred", the statement said.

Polio-like Paralysis Illness Appears to have Peaked, reports CDC
Over 200 cases were under investigation at the beginning of last month, and the infection had spread to affect half the country. The most common alternative diagnoses were transverse myelitis-an inflammation of the spinal cord-and spinal cord stroke.

Huawei threatening Samsung for global smartphone market share lead
The Huawei Nova 4 is expected to be powered by the Kirin 980 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Chinese smartphone maker Huawei launched its flagship smartphone Mate 20 Pro , in India on November 27 .

‘Messi’s fifth place is absurd’: Barca coach Valverde on Ballon d’Or vote
Messi who finished fifth received just 280 votes losing to Modric by huge margins. Wenger had the chance to sign Modric but the Frenchman rejected the player.

United States urges Europe to impose sanctions on Iran over missiles
A 2015 United Nations resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal "calls on" Tehran not to engage in missile development, but it does not expressly forbid it.

Will Niko Kovac get the sack from Bayern Munich?
In the "Bavaria" Robben won the German championship seven times, won once in the Champions League , the UEFA super Cup and club world Cup.

In A First, Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus From Dead Donor
The surgical team had to connect the donor's uterus with the veins, arteries, ligaments, and vaginal canal of the recipient. The woman was given drugs that weakened her immune system to prevent her body attacking and rejecting the transplant.

World Bank doubles climate investment to $200bn
The World Bank's announcement came just before the opening of a United Nations (UN) climate conference in Katowice in Poland. The World Bank Group will spearhead a five-year, $200 billion investment to fight climate change .

Galaxy Note 9 One UI (Pie) beta has been released
The program is only available to unlocked Note 9 users - specifically, the SM-960U1 variant of the unlocked Note 9 in the US. Inside the app, there'll (hopefully) be a big notice that says they're invited to the Note 9 beta software program.

Michael Ignatieff-led university 'forced out' of Hungary
However, CEU will keep its Budapest campus and those students who have enrolled there will be able to complete their studies. Ignatieff told a news conference later that the CEU had received a "clear and unequivocal" welcome in Austria.

Apple AirPods Likely to be Revamped with New Features in 2019
Further, Kuo forecasts that Apple is planning a major design upgrade for the AirPods, ready for launch in early 2020 . Apple and its history of promises is a rocky road filled with delayed products, cover-ups, and false timelines.

Chevy Silverado HD diverges from smaller sibling
Chevy will be making the new Silverado 2500/3500 at its truck plant in Flint, Mich., and says that sales will begin in mid-2019. Technology will get a boost, too, though Chevrolet is saving details on that for February.

Bethesda Is Sending Out Replacements For Fallout 76's Nylon Trash Bags
If you purchased the CE, please visit and submit a ticket by January 31, 2019. Congratulations on your enduring, hard-wearing reminder of that time you spent £175 on a bland game.