Even the beat writers just fawn over him.
"But more so than anything, I love basketball, I love being around players, I love seeing different types of players, I love just seeing the progression of a player".
Nevertheless, it was James who spearheaded the Lakers' fourth-quarter comeback and that is something he remains willing to strive for. So, we got guys who just want to continue to develop and guys that continue to get better and better just from experience.
Durant said he doesn't view Leonard as a fit for James.
"If you're a younger player like a Kawhi [Leonard], 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". If that's what 33 gets you, Look out for what happens when he's 34.
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.
"So, I went outside the agent network, and asked Source No. 3: someone who works in an unrelated industry but has long-standing connections to Rich Paul and LeBron James", he explained.
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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'. In addition, James has gone to the NBA Finals for eight consecutive years, meaning he's played the most minutes and games of any NBA player for a majority of the last decade.
Durant said many players have to alter the way they play to be teammates of James.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said he didn't read the Bleacher Report story but defended James, calling him an "incredible teammate". "They don't need another guy".
"He's very unselfish. He's won multiple championships with other superstars".
Durant has been in the headlines once again this week following his comments about a toxic environment surrounding James.
"I think the business side of it is obviously really fascinating to me", he said. It was just, 'When you have a player like LeBron you got to make it about LeBron, ' or something like that.