‘That’s Where I Star Unlike Any Other Player’: Lakers’ Jared Dudley Hits Back at Criticism

Published 01/08/2021, 11:35 PM CST


Jared Dudley is an important player for the Los Angeles Lakers. While he doesn’t get much game time, he helps add to the Lakers’ bench depth.

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Dudley’s minutes have dwindled significantly since joining the Los Angeles Lakers last season. However, being the consummate professional he is, Dudley has accepted his role and done everything in his power to help the team.

Jared Dudley defends himself

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Jared Dudley took to Twitter to hit back at criticism of him as a player. One fan account compared him to Nets’ veteran Jeff Green and said that Green is better than he is. While Dudley gave props to Green as a player, he noted that both he and Green bring something entirely different to their franchises.

He said “Love Jeff Green! and what he’s providing on the court but, there’s many differences between us.. The locker room, film sessions, leadership, we have different personalities. That’s my role and thats where I star unlike any other player in this league (with all due respect)”

Dudley is an important player for the Lakers. At his age, it is hard to find players who are willing to accept the low minutes that he gets coming off the bench. However, he never complains about the lack of game time he gets. He is happy to do whatever he can that serves the entire team’s best interest.

Dudley does what’s best for the team

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Dudley is a popular and charismatic figure in the Lakers locker room. Whenever he takes the court, the excitement among his teammates and the bench when he scores is clearly visible. The camaraderie between Dudley and his fellow teammates is palpable every time you see them interact together or on social media.

Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley (10) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dudley entered the league in 2007 and joined the Charlotte Bobcats as the 22nd pick in the draft. Since joining the league, Dudley has bounced around to several teams. His longest stint was in Phoenix, but he has also played for teams like Milwaukee, Clippers, and Brooklyn before joining the Lakers.

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Despite the criticism levied on Dudley, he can still proudly say he is an NBA champion. That accolade has defined his career so far, and he will hope to contribute to the Los Angeles Lakers title defense this season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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