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Damn, Kobe. You were called out by…Jared Dudley.

In a series of interviews with ESPN Radio, the Milwaukee Bucks forward said that most NBA players do not want to be on a team with Kobe Bryant. Dudley says the veteran Lakers star has not learned to “tone it down” and rely on his teammates to help carry the team. He then criticized Kobe for only passing when he wants to boost his stats:

Remember, Kobe gets in this thing where he doesn’t pass and then he overpasses and he’s trying to get triple doubles ever night, so we know you have it, it’s just not something he wants to do, and that’s why I think it’ll be a while before the Lakers can get good…

Saying Kobe is selfish is like calling the sky blue, and his contract extension with the Lakers that was criticized for not giving the team more financial room shows it. But to hear anyone talk about the Mambo King like that, especially in the open, is a bit surprising. We have to be real though: Dudley is not the best person to speak on this as he was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers last year. There might be a bit of animosity from being on a rival team, but even then Dudley was hardly a role player in L.A. and was often at the end of many jokes.

Dudley also had honest opinions about a few superstars. He called Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzles and Carmelo Anthony overrated, and said Kevin Love should not even think about leaving Cleveland. He also praised James Harden, though Harden needs more than that during game 5 of the Western Conference Finals tonight. The Golden State Warriors will be looking to eliminate the Houston Rockets this evening to advance to the finals.


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