It is no secret that nine-time all-star Kevin Durant is a free agent this upcoming summer. Every move the two-time champ makes is constantly being examined by the media in hopes of finding out where he’ll land.
Many people fantasize that Durant might go to the Lakers to play with his longtime rival LeBron James, possibly ending the Golden State Warriors‘ dynasty.
Unfortunately, Durant might have cooled those rumors down in a recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. In the article explaining player’s lack to want to play with LeBron. Durant talks about how certain players, like Kyle Korver, fit better with James than others.
“It depends on what kind of player you are,” Durant said. “If you’re Kyle Korver, then it makes sense. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he’s not a No. 1 option at all, not even close. So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open.
“If you’re a younger player like a Kawhi, trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t really make sense. Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it’s how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing that skill. They don’t need another guy.”
Later in the article, Durant criticized the media for being ‘fanboys’ of LeBron and how that makes the situation around the Los Angeles Lakers‘ star ‘toxic.’
“So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people,” Durant said. “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.”
Following the Lakers game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, James was given the opportunity to comment on what Durant said but he declined to do so saying he wanted to get a chance to look at what Durant said in full and not just one clip.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 6, 2018
Durant is no stranger to letting people know what is on his mind. In mid-November, KD was fined $25,000 for telling fans to ‘watch the f***ing game and shut the f*** up.’
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— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 20, 2018
This season, Durant is having one of the best years of his career, averaging 30 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game on 51.8 shooting from the field with a career-high 93.1 percent from the line.