Kevin Durant and LeBron James are mega stars, rivals, and friends in this thing called the NBA. In this new age of fraternizing and niceness, the age of NBA stars hating each other or being bitter rivals doesn’t quite exist.
Pundits got on Durant for working out and training with James this summer after losing to him in the Finals two months before.
LeBron won the coveted Sportsman of the Year award from Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, and in accepting his award, said that “Durant is the guy that pushes him now, challenges him to be the best player he can.”
Durant heard those comment and expressed his mutual respect for LeBron to the Oklahoman.
“Well, I really appreciate that comment because people want us to hate each other so bad. That’s true. People want us to hate each other,” Durant said with a smile. “I really respect him and I really compete against him hard — him and Kobe (Bryant). I play against those guys, they’re the guys who I’m looking at, who I want to get to, and I compete against those guys really, really hard, but we’re friends. We’re friends, everybody knows that. Once you get on that court and you’re playing against one of your friends, you play to win no matter what. Sometimes he might get the best of you, I might get the best of him one time. But I really respect him (James) and that’s cool that he thinks of me that way and I’ve just got to keep working hard to continue to get better.”
Short of something epic happening, people need to get used to these two having a good relationship.