Jared Dudley, all-time NBA bench warmer, just put out a book on the NBA bubble, and boy does it have some interesting tidbits in it.
Before we delve into the Paul George shit-talking lets just take a step back and acknowledge that WOW Jared Dudley wrote, published and has marketed a book on an event that took place 6 months ago. He even had time to narrate the book on Audible.
This is AMAZING. Jared Dudley writing his perspective on the Bubble is exactly the content we need. A role player, who is well known for being employed strictly for vibes purposes had the birds eye POV that almost no other player could give. Championship winner, with zero minutes, played.
Jared Dudley TRULY is the NBA’s version of a Resident Assistant in the dorms. Knocking on every hotel door on the road, making sure everyone is following COVID protocols, getting to bed on time, and clapping on the bench after a big bucket from a role player.
“Alright guys, let’s make sure we pump up KCP, he’s had a tough 10 game stretch.”
Actually, this is a REAL quote from a Sports Illustrated article about what Jared Dudley brings to his team on a day to day basis as the “glue guy”.
“He checked in on guys' workouts, poked fun at their pandemic beards and even cheered Kyle Kuzma on as he did a fashion show.”
No wonder L.A. has one of the least amounts of covid protocol scratches; he’s running a militia style operation to make sure this team can compete to go back to back.
Back to the book, and Paul George. I’m on record, like many people as it turns out, of being skeptical that PG was worth Supermax money. Jared Dudley and the Lakers appear to think exactly the same way. Dudley wrote in his book the following:
"We hear some of those guys talking about how they're the team to beat in L.A.," "It's fine if Kawhi [Leonard] says stuff like that. He's defending a championship. We don't trip if someone like Patrick Beverley is talking trash; that's how he feeds his family. We get it. We respect the hustle. But we think it's disrespectful for Paul George, who hasn't won, to put himself on the level of [LeBron James] and [Anthony Davis]. This motivates us."
And you know what? It got clicks. Why? Because the world now has moved in the “fuck Paul George” direction.
And that’s mostly because of exactly what Jared Dudley is pointing out. Paul George came into last season talking like he was an MVP or had any championships to speak of and when the lights got bright, he didn’t score a bucket in the last quarter of a game 7 against the Nuggets after having a 3-1 lead. He continued to pass the blame to others after his wretched performance and you know what? Every bit of disrespect that is coming his way is warranted.
Life comes at you fast. It’s official. When the vibes guy is calling you out in his new book for clicks, hating you is now a trend.
We talk about Dudley’s beef with PG and a whole lot more on the latest episode of This League. Subscribe, rate, review. And check out our hoodies available in the Barstool Store. This has become Nick Turani’s (your favorite Barstool personality) favorite shirt