Lakers Took Issue With 'Disrespectful' Paul George Comments

If you ask Jared Dudley, he'll tell you the Los Angeles Lakers used some 'disrespectful' comments from the Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George as fuel to help motivate the team. 

Dudley recently opened up about the comments via a new book called 'Battle for L.A' where Dudley enlightened everyone on how George's comments last season sparked his team:

We hear some of those guys talking about how they're the team to beat in L.A.. Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season under Quarantine," released this week. "It's fine if Kawhi [Leonard] 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 [LeBron James] and [Anthony Davis]. This motivates us.

All George did was answer a question during a media session before last season and sure enough it ended up as blackboard material for the Lakers. 

While there's certainly been no shortage of trash talk between the two clubs recently, Clippers coach Ty Lue was asked before Wednesday's game about Dudley's comments:

A book? Jared Dudley?. I know I probably can't cuss on here so I won't cuss, but who cares? Just be who you are, play your game, who cares what people say, and what the outside people think. ... 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.

Needless to say, you may want to tune in to their next matchup.  

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