"I would love to see the whole transcript of what was asked of him, the context it was asked of him, why it was asked and the whole thing", James said. "It doesn't matter. I'm a staple in this game". Early on in the season, the Spurs were able to get the best of the Lakers. Who are you, where are you in your career, and how do you fit in?
As for Durant, he said.
"These are the kinds of problems you have to deal with if you're the Los Angeles Lakers".
The reality is they will only get one of those players via a trade and even if it were Wall, who is earning $19.1 million this season but will have a four-year supermax contract extension from next season earning him an average of $42 million annually, the Lakers could still potentially have the cap space to sign Durant.
While Durant's theory certainly makes sense, we won't know if it holds true until next offseason with Kawhi Leonard set to test the open market next winter. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he's not a No. 1 option at all, not even close. Moreover, LeBron's style of play doesn't bode well for players used to having the ball in their hands.
Talks abound about the Lakers landing a second superstar to play next to LeBron, but Durant is articulating part of the reason why Kyrie Irving wanted to part ways with LBJ as well as part of Paul George's decision to stay in OKC. A lot of young players are developing that skill. Durant added, "LeBron is a player that needs to play with guys that already know how they play the game - and shooters".
Just five days later, the Lakers played the Spurs once again, and while it wasn't as high scoring of an affair, the Spurs came out on top. However it read. But that wasn't the full statement. "We're trying to find something negative about something that's great instead of just leaving it alone".
Although James may be used to the constant pressure, media and negativity, it can be quite the burden for his teammates to handle as Durant pointed out.