Jared Dudley fired an important shot at Paul George in a new book called Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Quarantine Season.
Dudley wrote in the book that the Lakers made an exception to Paul George last year, suggesting that he and Kawhi Leonard would make a better duo than LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
“We hear some of these people talk about how they are the team to beat in LA,” wrote Dudley and co-writer Carvell Wallace. “It’s okay if Kawhi [Leonard] says something like that. He is defending a championship. We don’t stumble when someone like Patrick Beverley talks about trash; This is how he feeds his family. We understand We respect the hectic pace.
“But we find it disrespectful for Paul George, who didn’t win, to put himself on the level of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. That motivates us. “
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In an NBA television interview during the Clippers media day last season, George responded to a reporter and asked if he and Leonard were the top duo in the league by saying, “I think so. If you look at two guys who play on both ends, two guys who can get a basket, two guys who can stop you from getting a basket, elite on both ends, I don’t see how you can beat that . “
It turned out that Denver was able to come back down with the 3-1 Nuggets to eliminate George and the Clippers in the second round.
The Lakers naturally won the championship and affirmed the status quo in LA basketball that purple and gold come first, while for the Clippers everything always goes wrong.
When asked about the passage targeting George on Wednesday, Dudley said it was more about how the Lakers interpreted what George was saying than the content of his message, which got the team going.
“Everyone can say something,” Dudley told reporters at a video conference after training. “We use that as motivation. And sometimes, if you ever remember Michael Jordan, certain things he used as motivation for him. It wasn’t like they were wrong. “