So, it was fitting that James, who has become a spokesman of sorts for the NBA, was asked about Durant's latest setback after the Cavaliers' 106-98 loss to the Nets on Friday.
[daily_cut.NBA]The Thunder are expected to be without Durant for 4-6 months after he undergoes season-ending surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot, the third such procedure he has endured since originally suffering a Jones fracture in October.
"It's a blow for him and for our league," James said. "We're a brotherhood and you never want anyone to go down, especially [someone] of that stature. He means a lot to our games and, obviously, he means a lot to the OKC family. You wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery."
Durant has produced at his usual rate when available. He averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 27 games and led the Thunder to an 18-9 record.