Lakers’ Jared Dudley takes shot at former teammate Blake Griffin
Years after the demise of the Lob City Clippers, Jared Dudley apparently still isn’t on speaking terms with one of his fellow alums of that team.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic’s Bill Oram this week, the Los Angeles Lakers forward was asked who his least favorite teammate ever was.
“Least favorite teammate. Wow. I don’t get along with Blake Griffin now,” replied Dudley. “When I was with him I didn’t have a bad relationship with him. That team was the most toxic team. It was weird because it was a bipolar type team. We were somewhat cool off the floor. We weren’t cool on the floor.
“I just don’t like his personality and attitude,” he added about Griffin. “I think he’s a great basketball player and I think you can differentiate the two. It’s easy to be the greatest teammate when you’re winning. How about when you’re losing? How about when you’re down 20? And that’s the biggest thing with that team. It was the biggest front-running team. Up 20, everything is good, throwing lobs. Down 20, people want to fight, bickering. I don’t want to say my least favorite … That’s a teammate right now that I don’t talk [to], don’t get along [with], words aren’t exchanged on the court, yada yada.
The 34-year-old Dudley was teammates with Griffin on the Clippers for just one season in 2013-14. That was the season that the Donald Sterling scandal marred the team’s playoff run and culminated in a second-round exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dudley has made clear that he doesn’t care much for those Clippers, but it is still rare to see an NBA player ether an ex-teammate with such honesty.
H/T NBA Reddit