Kevin Durant to Lakers development as LeBron James stance on move revealed

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"It's the fourth quarter and my teammates look at me to make plays", he explained.

Nevertheless, it was James who spearheaded the Lakers' fourth-quarter comeback and that is something he remains willing to strive for.

The Lakers are 15-9 this season and James is averaging 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists.

Most NBA fans will agree that LeBron James has been the best overall player in the NBA for the better part of the last decade, and since Kobe Bryant entered his retirement years, James has been the consensus choice as the league's best among media members as well. "You can never try to make up your mind and know what you're going to do in that time". Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he's not a No. 1 option at all, not even close.

"It depends on what kind of player you are", Durant said. "So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open".

"So I think people are trying to blow it out of proportion, like, 'OK, why do you have LeBron if you don't want to use him?' They don't understand the logic behind it". "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.

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.

"And I just think I don't like when negative articles come out like that, even if it's not about my teammate, but about my teammate, somebody who carries teams the way he does, I just think we're nitpicking".

Durant, who spent his rookie season as a member of the Seattle Supersonics before the team was sold and moved to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, wore an old Sonics Shawn Kemp jersey during pregame introductions before that preseason game and then gave a speech to the crowd about how he hoped basketball would return to the city soon.

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