Purple & Bold: Jared Dudley is there when the Lakers need him

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat four-minute sequence featured Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, and, at center, a 6-foot-6, posting-up Dudley.Dudley showed off his “Boston College post moves” when he successfully backed down the 6-2 Seth Curry for a bucket that helped kill Dallas’ budding momentum and extended the Lakers’ lead to 95-81 late in the third quarter.“Listen, Duds was the toughest guy I played against in college, and I know what he’s capable of down there,” said Danny Green, the former North Carolina Tar Heel, who delivered the entry pass that allowed Dudley to go to work down low.“I saw him with Seth Curry, and I said, ‘We gotta give him the ball.’ I don’t care how old he is (34), how many years he’s got, or what he’s lost, I still believe in him and he can get a bucket down there. He stopped the bleeding for us. That was a huge play.“I’ve seen it plenty of times,” Green added of Dudley’s post-up, which wasn’t as familiar a sight to Lakers fans, who have seen Dudley attempt only 32 shots from the field this season. So what’s a floor-spacing, defender-type doing with what Green remembers as a “pain-in-the-(rear)” post-up in his repertoire?“I know you’re probably thinking, I’m not a post player,” Dudley said to the camera in an instructional basketball video he recorded in 2015, when he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.“But if you look in the NBA, from Gary Payton, from Michael Jordan, to Shaquille O’Neal, all different heights, from 6-foot, 6-6, to 7-foot, all post up.”For the next seven minutes or so, Dudley proceeds to – as the video series’ title suggests, offer some “pro tips” – on how a player can approach a post-up.Go left, he says.Keep your feet parallel, he insists.Aim for the middle of the glass, he offers.“The key to the fadeaway,” he says, “is your legs.” (Curry can attest.)Trust in Duds, his teammates attest.For the Lakers (32-7) – who host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday (7:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet) – it’s a big deal to be able to count on a veteran with a willful skill set, even if he’s averaging just 8.2 minutes per game.“I don’t think people realize how deep we are,” Dudley told the TV-viewing audience. “I mean, I was starting playoff games last year (for Brooklyn), now I’m 14th, 15th man – this is the role I wanted. People forget about that; I chose this! It’s good, it’s good for me to be here, good to contribute, to show, not only the coaching staff, (but the) players, I can still play at a high level.”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Hot LinksBig bullies, big minutes – Kyle Goon dives into the Lakers’ impressive depth.No LeBron? No AD? – No problem. The Lakers mean it when they say “we expect to win.”Purple & Gold infirmary – Patients were suffering from a chest cold, a bruised backside and right hip soreness. When a super-sized team goes small – They sweep the floor with the Dallas Mavericks.Pelinka, for the win – Embattled a few months back, he starts the year with a promotion and a contract extension. “… the path that could lead to Giannis Antetokounmpo.” – Mark Heisler has his sights set on another huge signing.A shining moment – Kyle Kuzma (and Kyle Goon) spotted an opening.Jared Dudley, unfiltered – Dude also discussed making a lot of money and hanging out with LeBron with the Athletic. More pro tips – “Jab Steps and Spin Moves with Jared Dudley.”center_img Editor’s note: This is the Monday, Jan. 13 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Jared Dudley has established himself as an NBA veteran who is game to say just about anything off the court – and to try basically anything on it.What’s the worst NBA city in which to spend an off day? “Indiana. I’ve never done anything in Indiana,” Dudley told the Athletic’s Bill Oram during a recent interview in which the 13th-year pro also named his least favorite teammate ever. (Hint: His answer irked a certain segment of NBA fans in L.A.)How about when the Lakers are down Anthony Davis, and fellow bigs JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard are in foul trouble? “I told Coach (Frank) Vogel, no more four for me, I’m only playing five,” Dudley joked on Spectrum SportsNet after his efforts in the Lakers’ experimental small-ball lineup helped stave off a second-half surge by Dallas in a 129-114 victory on Friday.last_img read more

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