Paul George is not interested in a new battle of trash.
The Clippers star saw his name fired in the NBA news cycle after excerpts from Lakers forward Jared Dudley’s new book, “In the NBA bubble: a championship season under quarantine”, hit social media. Dudley and co-author Carvell Wallace detailed the 2020 Lakers title race and the challenges the team faced, including playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with issues of racial injustice while being isolated in the Florida “bubble”.
But the section that sparked the biggest backlash was about the Lakers beef with George and the Clippers (via Harrison Faigen of SB Nation):
“We hear some of [the Clippers’ players] talk about how they’re the team to beat in Los Angeles. It’s good if Kawhi [Leonard] says stuff like that. He defends a championship. We don’t stumble if someone like Patrick Beverley talks about waste; this is how he feeds his family. We understood. We respect the commotion. … But we think it is disrespectful for Paul George, who did not win, to bring himself to the level of [LeBron James] and [Anthony Davis]. It motivates us. When we see these guys around the compound, we don’t really hit them. “
Asked about Dudley’s book after the Clippers’ 121-99 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, George decided to take the high road.
“God bless him. God bless you, Jared Dudley,” said George. “I don’t know what it is. Guys love to put my name in stuff, but God bless you, Jared.”
“God bless him. God bless you, Jared Dudley. I don’t know what it is. Guys love to put my name in stuff, but God bless you, Jared.
– Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 4, 2021
Dudley appeared to be referring to a comment George made on the 2019 Clippers media day. Ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season, George expressed confidence that the Clippers had the best dynamic duo in the NBA.
“When you look at two guys playing both sides, two guys who can go get a basket and two guys who can keep you from getting a basket, elite from both sides, I don’t see how you can beat that,” A said George.
James and Davis went on to prove that the Lakers have the best punch in the league, of course, dominating throughout the 2020 playoffs on their way to the Larry O’Brien trophy. The Clippers fell short of expectations, taking a 3-1 lead over the Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.
It’s a thing of the past now for George, however. He’s in the middle of an All-NBA campaign, averaging 24.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 50.8% from the field and 47.8% from the field. 3 points. It’s probably wise for him to stay focused on the upcoming games rather than what happened at Walt Disney World Resort.