July 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Kevin Durant (left) and forward LeBron James during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant: Seeing LeBron James with Team USA Basketball ‘bothers me’

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant is not over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat. Durant is now a teammate with his biggest rival, LeBron James, for Team USA Basketball at the 2012 London Olympics and it doesn’t sit well with him.

“It does. It does, but what can I do?” Durant told YardBarker.com when asked if it bothered him seeing LeBron every day. “He’s my teammate now. I’m a team player. I can’t let that affect this. This is bigger than that. It’s tough to lose in the Finals and play the guy you’ve been going up against for five games who beat you. So me, I’m just going to get over it, still be a great teammate, come out and play hard.”

Durant is the ultimate teammate so whatever he feels toward LeBron after losing in the NBA Finals to him will not affect his play in the Olympics for sure.

Durant and LeBron have developed a friendship too dating back to last summer when they played in a few charity basketball games together and even worked out together.

“It bothers him,” LeBron said. “I bet it bothers him and Russell (Westbrook), you know, they probably don’t want to hear about it. It would bother me, it would bother anyone that you lose to someone in the Finals, where everyone’s competing at the highest level and you want to win and then you have to team up with them not too long, not too far removed from the games.”

LeBron has really turned into a guy that says the right thing almost all of the time. If we didn’t think about The Decision and judge him by that so much, this would be how we feel about him.

It’s hard for Thunder fans to hate LeBron after they hear him say things like this and know that Durant and he are kind of close friends.

Kobe Bryant doesn’t really understand this though. Kobe is one of the last superstars remaining from the era in which you hated your rivals rather than joining them.

“Being the friends thing, I mean that’s fine,” Bryant said. “Once you start playing, I’d really, I’d have to go after him. There’s just no way.”

Durant, LeBron and Kobe will be teammates of course during the London Olympics beginning July 27. The trio is maybe as talented as we will ever see playing together on a basketball court. They are brought together for one common goal now and that’s bringing back the Gold for the United States.

Tags: 2012 Olympics Kevin Durant Kobe Bryant LeBron James London Miami Heat NBA Finals Oklahoma City Thunder Team USA Basketball

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pepsi.Red Pespi Red

    I love all u guys u played a really good game have fun .olympics bring the gold home

  • ProvokingThought

    Kobe has the right attitude.

    I still think Team USA is missing out a huge talented big in DeMarcus Cousins, especially at a time when they are short on bigs.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Cooper/100000491192360 Larry Cooper

    REALLY???? Durant is upset, but not particularly at Lebron. He cannot speak of the truth of the playoffs. The NBA obviously used its referees to control the out come of the Championship and we all sat there, watched it in disbelief, and we are powerless to do anything about it. If Durant or anyone on the Thunder staff mention this, it would be NBA suicide for them. Game 7 between the Heat and the Celtics was the beginning of the fix. Game one against the Thunder was called fairly and the outcome made it obvious to the NBA, they would have to continue the fix to get the Heat to the championship. There may be hard feelings against Lebron, but he did not cause this. It was all about the money!!! We need a system of challenges to the officials calls. Some of their calls were so obviously wrong, it was embarrassing for basketball fans to watch. National titles should never be decided by the referees, period!

  • G

    “Kobe is one of the last superstars remaining from the era in which you hated your rivals, rather than joining them..” Really?? I’m sure he wasn’t too upset with being given a top two or three big men or dominant forces in the history of the game to work with…or that he wanted to be traded unless they didn’t get better players…you got your point across wrong…he is a killer and hates his opponent, however, it doesn’t mean lebron doesn’t hate his opponent when he plays them, he just wanted a better chance to hate the best ones better prepared like any logical human being would…

  • Anonymous

    Please Kobe go prech that shyt to suckas like Ray Allen cos obviosuly that fool deosn’t know nothing about competitiveness and rivalry and how “joining em” instead of “beating em” doesn’t change shyt!