Kevin Durant, who is no stranger to criticism for changing addresses, recently lauded LeBron James for making the move to the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron agreed to a 4-year, $154 million contract to head to the Western Conference.
James and Durant will now share the state of California, meeting each other more frequently in the regular season–and perhaps establishing a collision course for the playoffs.
“I loved it. I absolutely loved it," Durant said in an interview with The Undefeated. "I thought it was the perfect decision, perfect move, did everything he was supposed to do in Cleveland. I think this is the perfect next step for him, and he’s kind of breaking down the barriers of what an NBA superstar is supposed to be. You feel like you’re just supposed to play it out in one spot. I think he did a good job of giving different chapters. I think it’s going to make his book even more interesting when it’s done.”
Durant has notched the NBA Finals MVP in the last two seasons, both of which ended in Warrior's championships. LeBron, meanwhile, has trekked to the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons. Something will have to give out West in 2018-19.
LeBron has won three NBA titles in his storied career, which has spanned two stints with the Cavaliers and two titles with the Miami Heat. Considered one of the top players in NBA history, LeBron will now try to bring a championship to a new locale.
LeBron has maintained residences in Los Angeles, and his expanding careers made a move to the Lakers a natural fit. He also joins an improving roster with a host of young talent on it. Not to mention, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka added a number of high-quality veterans to make the team as competitive as possible next season.
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