If LBJ came out and said, I would prefer to be here but am willing to go elsewhere if that is what is best for the organization, I would be willing to do that.
No one would hold that against him.
I just don't agree. I think it would justifiably turn into a conversation about how he doesn't think he can win there, that he's undermining the team and thinking about the future on another team and demanding a trade and not winning this year. Yada yada.
It's easy to say there is a right path on this, but I just don't think it's quite that simple. Plenty of people want to get upset at James for any reason at all, I think you'd be surprised at people that didn't find your comment acceptable in the world of James. The vitriol against him is strong and pronounced.
But we're also in a weird part of the NBA. It's dumb that players can and are taking less to be on super teams. It means the NBA ownership has done a really effective job of shifting the responsibility of the future of the teams onto players when that's really not their role. Just because KD does it (and I view him as a selfish loser much more than Lebron) doesn't mean everyone should do it or be held to that standard. That's not fair to James or any player, IMO. And any player that has shifted that responsibility like Durant did has done the rest of the guys in the league a major disservice from an earning power perspective.