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LeBron James: Kevin Durant is my chief adversary

If you’re wondering who LeBron James views as his primary competition in the NBA, the answer is Kevin Durant.

During an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, LeBron identified Durant, not Kobe Bryant, or Derrick Rose, or anyone else, as the player that pushes him the most.

“For him to continue to work hard … he’s going to be my inspiration,” James said. “He’s going to be the person that I look at each and every night to see what he did in a game so I can match him. [He's] someone I want to compete with year after year.”

The two worked out together last summer, and LeBron described Durant as his brother.

“First of all, he’s a hell of a player,” James told Nichols. “And he’s a great person, too.”

Even though LeBron has stated in the past that his goal is to become a global icon, he was specific about strictly basketball-related goals.

“I want to be up there with those names, with those all-time greats and all-time champions,” he said.

Now that James has won one title, the question is how many will he end up winning? If he wins another two or more, he’ll easily make the list of top 10 players all time. He has the potential to be even higher.

It’s also interesting that he points to Durant as his main competition. There was a lot of hype about Kobe and LeBron the last few years, but Bryant is at the end of his career. The battle that will persist is between James, who is 27, and Durant, who is only 23.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    This dude simply talks too much and is bound to eat his words… there’s no doubt who his best friend is though… and it’s not Wade.

  • Anonymous

    My My My. U have it bad. U haven”t a clue whom his best friend is. U know King James about as much as eye know u. Did u scream out loud when he got his ring? Did U cry when he got finals MVP? We all have players we like and we don’t like but at least most of us still give credit when due. Don’t matter whom his best friend is or the many of them that say he’s overrated, he has his ring and he’s a very successful businessman. Go out and grab u a pair of Nike Lebron 9 P.S. Nicest athletic shoes on the market. Expensive but nice. Move over Air Jordans, Lebron shoes are nicer. Have a nice day Mr Juan_your warlock. Hope eye see you playing on television soon. Owl root for ya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    U U U, It is U who hasn’t a clue… true U don’t know me, but eye would guess, based on your post, U are not much older than a teenie-bopper… Eye see the game with eyes wide-open, you see the game thru athletic shoes… Get it? …Don’t read too much into the hype, just eye em and weep, baby… see ya, no wanna be ya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    U U U, It is U who hasn’t a clue… true U don’t know me, but eye would guess, based on your post, you are not much older than a teenie bopper… Eye see the game with eyes wide-open, you see the game thru athletic shoes… Get it? …Don’t read into the hype, just eye em and weep, baby… see ya, no wanna be ya