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LeBron James: “I’ve Been Trying To Get Guys To Come Play With Me Since Like 2007"

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As a Laker, it shouldn't be hard for LeBron James to sell guys on wanting to wear the purple and gold. It's Los Angeles, it's the best player in the world, and it's all with an organization with one of the richest histories in the league.

And in the summer of stars, Kevin Durant finds himself as the main target for basically any and every team that can afford him, LeBron and the Lakers included. Not only are they preparing the way for his potential arrival, but they're doing everything they can to try and lure him to sign.

“I’ve been trying to get guys to come play with me since like 2007 and I’ve gotten rejected a lot. But I also have not got rejected. A lot of people didn’t want to go to Cleveland. Let me just throw that out there [...] But now being in LA, I don't think it'll be that hard to get guys here.”

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This summer, when the free-agency period actually begins, things will only get more intense. Interestingly enough, though, Kevin Durant recently made some comments that should make teams think twice about their recruitment strategy.

“Nobody can recruit me no more...I want to dictate the environment that I want to be in. Doing extra [stuff] just for me? Like nah, I just want to see if you are a real person. If you are going to hold people accountable every day. Are we all going to come to work and enjoy basketball every day? That's exactly what I'm getting here."

For Durant, it's all about the culture. It's probably why he chose the Warriors in the first place. They give him a fun, unique environment full of unselfish players wanting to make their teammates better.

To leave that this coming July would be leaving all of that behind. What other team poses the same environment? What other culture can match that? It's hard to pick one that comes close to what the Warriors have, even the Lakers, but that's what it'll be about for Kevin Durant this summer.

In fact, it almost sounds like Durant's comments are in direct opposition to LeBron's. No matter how hard The King tries, he'll find that trying to convince #35 to come to town will prove harder than he thinks. You can't just "recruit" him anymore.