LeBron James vowed on Wednesday night to seek more information about the controversial comments made by Kevin Durant claiming the environment surrounding James with the Los Angeles Lakers is “toxic.”
James insisted he had not read excerpts from a Bleacher Report article in which Durant indicated that potential free agents may shy away from the Lakers due to the incessant attention and focus upon its biggest star. Durant also commented that James is treated softly by “fanboys” in the media who “fawn” over him.
“I did not,” James said when asked by USA TODAY Sports if he had seen the story and the “toxic” comment. “I believe that’s probably not the whole quote so I am not going to comment on that.
“I will love to see the whole transcript of what was asked of him, the context of what was asked, why it was asked, and the whole thing. I am not going to comment on it. I don’t know the whole thing — that would be stupid on my part. I am a veteran.”
James also said that he had not heard from the Golden State Warriors forward on Wednesday, either for purposes of clarifying his quotes or for any other reason.
“No,” James added. “I have been sleeping.”
Released hours before James scored 42 points in the Lakers’ 121-113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center, it didn’t take long for Durant’s words to bounce around the NBA world, collecting comment and conjecture at every step.
Given that Durant’s remarks contained two magic ingredients — controversy and James — they were also going to create a stir, and maybe that was the point.
But was he wrong?
“He has so many fanboys in the media,” Durant said in an interview with Ric Bucher. “Even the beat writers just fawn over him. I get why anyone wouldn’t want to be in that environment because it’s toxic.”