That is the view of former NBA player and pundit Jalen Rose.
Durant gave his critique of James in a wide-ranging interview with Bleacher Report which was analysing why the Lakers were unable to sign another All-Star in the summer.
“So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people,” Durant said.
“He has so many fanboys in the media. Even the beat writers just fawn over him.
“I’m like, we’re playing basketball here, and it’s not even about basketball at certain points.
“So I get why anyone wouldn’t want to be in that environment because it’s toxic. Especially when the attention is (B.S.) attention, fluff.
“It’s not LeBron’s fault at all — it’s just the fact you have so many groupies in the media that love to hang on every word. Just get out of the way and let us play basketball.”
Given the opportunity to respond, James offered a coy reply to Durant’s comments.
But speaking on ESPN’s Get Up!, Rose said Durant was hypocritical.
“This is a classic example for hating,” he said.
“LeBron James is his man. They worked out together, top players in the game, have a good kinship.
“And for you to say that playing with him creates that level of environment, it sounds like he is poisoning the well for other players like Anthony Davis when he becomes a free agent. Or Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent.
“Trying to plant a seed of doubt for other players to play with LeBron when he did the exact say thing. I’m mind boggled that he was able to say this and with a straight face.
“It’s a little bit of sneak dissing. A little bit of hating.
“And sounds somewhat jealous when you talk about the word toxic as it relates to an environment that features LeBron James.
“I’m really surprised he went there because they seem to have a really good relationship.
“The cusp of what he said sounds a little bit like jealousy of LeBron James.”