Kevin Durant Downplays Jealousy Comments from LeBron James

by January 17, 2014

In all likelihood, LeBron James was kidding when he told the media that he sometimes gets jealous when he looks at Kevin Durant’s statline. KD correctly accused the press of making a bigger deal out of the comments than they warranted. Per the Oklahoman:

“How can I not see it? It’s been on CNN. It’s been on ABC, FOX Sports. Man, it’s been everywhere. Ya’ll blowing that out of proportion, man. I mean, I’m pretty sure, matter of fact, I’m 100 percent sure LeBron can do whatever he wants.”

“I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. …Man,” James was quoted as saying. There are games when I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I’m like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don’t I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it.”

James is averaging a career-low 16.2 shot attempts but shooting a career-high 58.7 percent from the field. He’s purposely dedicated himself to being a more efficient scorer over the past two seasons, and he still sacrifices shot attempts to orchestrate the Heat offense and get teammates involved.

“There’s probably a handful of times I shot 30 times,” Durant said. “I’m sure he’s shot more 30-shot games than I have over his career. But I guess the guy is just trying to challenge himself. I don’t know. But you guys are blowing that up for no reason.”