Paul George found himself in the headlines once again this week after Los Angeles Lakers reserve Jared Dudley name-dropped him in his new book.
According to Dudley, he and his Lakers teammates found George’s confident introductory press conference comments with the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2019 to be “disrespectful.”
Bro wtf pic.twitter.com/vOnPd3w6ZJ
— Most Hated (@PaulGeorgeLAC) February 3, 2021
“We hear some of those guys talking about how they’re the team to beat in LA,” Dudley wrote.
“It’s fine if Kawhi 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 Bron and AD. This motivates us.”
On Wednesday night, Clippers head coach Ty Lue came to his player’s defense.
. @LawMurrayTheNU – “Jared Dudley released a book and said Paul George is —“
Tyronn Lue cuts him off – “A book? Jared Dudley? … I know I can’t cuss on here so I won’t, but who cares? Just be who you are, play your game. Who cares what people say?”#Clippers pic.twitter.com/hp0rkvLtVY
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 3, 2021
“I know I probably can’t cuss on here so I won’t cuss, but who cares?” Lue said.
“Just be who you are, play your game, who cares what people say, and what the outside people think. You know we know how we feel about PG — Our team, our organization. And that’s all that matters.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ reaction to Jordyn Woods’ Buss It video speaks for itself.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 26, 2021
“He’s having a great season, a great year. He’s healthy. He’s done a lot of great things for this team. And that’s all we’re worried about. As far as for me, I really don’t care what people say on the outside. And, you know, I hope PG doesn’t either.”
George ultimately decided to respond to Dudley by going off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded 36 points, four rebounds, and six assists on 13-of-30 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from beyond the arc in a 121-99 victory.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
It’s been something of a hectic week for George overall. Just one day prior to Dudley’s comments going viral, he made a public plea for more respect.
Will he ultimately get what he wants? Time will tell.