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The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are going to find it very tough to do what the Cleveland Cavaliers did in LeBron James‘ first season back with the franchise — that being make it to the NBA Finals.
The Lakers are in somewhat of a rebuild, but adding James, still arguably the best player in the league, was a huge start for the Purple and Gold.
While James has given the franchise a boost, there’s still a lot of work to do, and according to one other NBA star, getting the players to join James in Los Angeles is going to be easier said than done.
Kevin Durant, one of James’ off the court pals but on-court rivals, says James is going to have a hard time getting star players to join him out West, saying at times the environment is “toxic.”
Here’s a portion of what Durant told Bleacher Report about James and players joining him:
“So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people. 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 bulls-t 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.”
It remains to be seen if James can change the narrative and get players to help him out and try and win a title in Los Angeles, but right now the team is clearly not there yet, so Durant’s point does have value.
Then again, it’s easy to take a shot at James, and Durant shouldn’t be one to talk, considering he joined the best team in the league just months after losing to them in the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 season.
We shall see if LeBron has any words back for Durant.