13-year NBA veteran Jared Dudley has finally won a championship. Dudley has enjoyed a diverse career span, having played for seven different teams in his career. He’s finally found success with the Los Angeles Lakers, and more importantly, with LeBron James.
Jared Dudley is 35-years-old, just like LeBron. This is the first time these two have teamed up in their long-standing careers. Both players have had contrasting careers, with LeBron having three rings to his name before joining the Lakers, and Dudley, zero.
LeBron has emerged as the face of the purple and gold and guided them towards success in his second year with the team. On the other hand, Dudley was happy with his role on the court, but he remains to be one of the primary motivational factors for the team.
LeBron James inspires everyone. Likewise, Jared Dudley has been immensely affected by James’ leadership. “I envision myself playing on the same team as this man for 13 years, waiting for the right opportunity… this picture sums up my dream!” Dudley wrote, posting a picture of him hugging LeBron.
LeBron James saw a disappointing end to his rookie Laker year as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This was the first time LeBron failed to qualify since 2005, and it shattered hopes. However, the King rose up even stronger and delivered a championship in 2020.
The Los Angeles Lakers began the 2019-20 NBA season on a strong note. They went on a wild run in November 2019, winning fourteen games and losing just one. A few weeks after the dawn of a new decade, the whole world woke up to heartbreaking news.
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash, which took away the lives of nine people, including Kobe and his little daughter Gianna. The news sent shock waves through the NBA community, and it was extremely hard to get past it.
Kobe’s demise fueled more passion into the Lakers to go out and win the championship. LeBron was even more locked in to win the title since January 26. The 35-year-old paid tribute to the Mamba after bringing home the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“Hope I’m made you proud my brother!! Love and miss you Champ!!” LeBron expressed via Instagram. He posted a black-and-white photo of him sitting alongside a Kobe jersey and added a quote from early this year where he said, “I promise I’ll continue your legacy man.”
LeBron James has earned himself a special status as a Laker after what’s he’s accomplished in 2020. He stayed true to his word by winning the championship for Kobe and the Laker faithful.
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