LeBron James Expresses His Frustration Over Former Lakers Veteran’s Move to Mavericks

Published 08/25/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second half against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


It looks like veteran Jarden Dudley is headed to the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant coach. The now-former Los Angeles Lakers star revealed and confirmed the rumors on social media, with fans, and others congratulating him for the same. LeBron James has responded to an NBA rumor on Twitter, reacting about Dudley’s move to the Mavericks.

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Before the news was confirmed, news outlets and fan accounts were reporting a possible move for the 36-year-old forward. James was one of the few people who reacted immediately, keeping his reaction as candid as one would expect him to.

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Replying to a tweet, James ended up congratulating Dudley if the news was true, cursing out on the social media app. “Excuse my language but still one hurt!! For many reasons that you wouldn’t understand,” he wrote, as fans in return turned their attention to James’ tweets.

Most refused to believe that James did not know about what went down and wondered if it was just confirmed.

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“Bron acting like he didn’t get this news first,” one fan wrote, while another added that James should maybe just call Dudley and confirm. Others wondered if James was mad at the Lakers front office for letting Dudley go. Even if he came off the bench, Dudley’s contribution and experience were valuable to the team.

 

However, this might open up some options for the Lakers, who might pick someone younger to fill the position. After their first-round exit versus the Phoenix Suns last season, the Lakers are determined to chase another title in the 2021-22 season. They have added Russell Westbrook to their team with a blockbuster trade, making it a big three with James and Davis.

Naturally, some stars had to depart. This year’s list of departures featured Dudley, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope among others, who seem to have found roles elsewhere.

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“Man what a ride! 14 yr NBA career capped off by winning a NBA championship with the @Lakers,” Dudley started, thanking god, James, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, and Anthony Davis.

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He added that he was preparing for the moment for some time now, and concluded after a long talk with James, Giannis, Bradley Beal, and many more. “Perfect fit and opportunity… Time to get to work.” 

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