Kevin Durant Says Players Dislike "Toxic" Environment Around LeBron James

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Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher has penned a detailed, and meticulously-reported story, asking a salient question. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he's not a No. 1 option at all, not even close.

Jeez, Kuzma. LeBron is transforming the Lakers one game at a time when most superstars are reduced to bench roles, which is a far cry from being a "grandpa". "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".

But James and his camp still believe Anthony can play, that there could be a place for him as a contributor on a Lakers' team that is young and continues to battle injuries. Bosh, same way. LeBron is a player that needs to play with guys that already know how they play the game-and shooters.

Durant also cited the relentless media coverage of James as a potential factor that might discourage a star player from joining forces with the four-time league MVP.

"It's just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there", Durant said. "He has so many fanboys in the media".

"Now, we're talking about free agency and guys haven't even hit their mid-season stride yet but that's a part of the game now and there's things to talk about and you just have to deal with it", Bosh said.

"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. So, we got guys who just want to continue to develop and guys that continue to get better and better just from experience.

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Instead of taking shots at Durant or even responding to his rival's claims, James took the high road, instead opting to know the full context of his quotes before giving an answer.

Kevin Durant doesn't necessarily think so. And then for you to say that playing with him creates that level of environment - what it sounds like he's doing it poisoning the well for other players, like an Anthony Davis when he becomes a free agent, or a Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent. LeBron James is his man.

Anthony's time in Houston is over, and many believe so is his career in the National Basketball Association due to his inability to have a positive impact on a team anymore.

"Hell yeah", Durant told ESPN following Wednesday night's 129-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "They've won a gold medal together".

"There's still so much more basketball to play", Bosh said. But the league might change.

"He puts a lot of pressure on you, but he takes a lot of pressure off of you, too", Lowry said.

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