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Jared Dudley: Going from a contender to a team that’s rebuilding ‘doesn’t really matter’

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Jared Dudley came to the Clippers last summer in the three-team deal that also involved J.J. Redick and Eric Bledsoe, and it seemed like he’d be a nice pickup for the Clippers at the time.

Dudley had proven to be a smart perimeter defender and capable shooter during his time in Phoenix, and a good locker room guy, as well.

But it was a bit of a down year for Dudley in Los Angeles. His shooting percentages dipped as did his overall level of production, and by the time the playoffs rolled around, he was a fringe player in the rotation, averaging just 6.4 minutes per game in seven postseason appearances.

The Clippers are trying to compete for a title, and obviously decided that roster spots were more valuable than what Dudley would be able to give them moving forward. They traded him to Milwaukee for two players that L.A. immediately waived, and while leaving a contending team in Los Angeles to play for a rebuilding one in Milwaukee might seem disastrous to some, Dudley sees things differently, and is taking a more positive approach.

From Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The 29-year-old small forward arrived in Milwaukee on Tuesday and said he sees an opportunity after last week’s trade sent him from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Bucks.

“Going from a contender to a team that’s rebuilding, to me that really doesn’t matter,” Dudley said. “As a professional, you’ve got to come in with the right mind-set and play in the right way.

“The way I’ve conducted myself throughout the league, that will be the same thing here. This team has a lot going good for them with Jabari Parker coming in here and what he can potentially do for this franchise. That’s a huge upside.”

Another interesting tidbit in this piece is Dudley explaining how he wasn’t right physically, and told Doc Rivers as much at one point during the season. But Rivers pressed him into action anyway, which may have had something to do with Dudley’s lower level of production.

“I remember around November or December I basically told coach (Doc) Rivers I couldn’t go,” Dudley said. “We had so many injuries. J.J. (Redick) was out; Matt Barnes was out. Basically he (Rivers) wanted me to fight through it.

“I told him I could; I just wouldn’t be 100%. I think what I did was give him a body to hold the minutes down until those guys got back. For me personally, I might have suffered. But from the team standpoint we were able to get that three spot (playoff seeding) we needed to have.

“When you look back, would I have done it different? Maybe. But that was just me trying to give my body for a new team and a new coach.”

That’s about as professional as it gets, and as silly as it may seem to try to convince us that playing in Milwaukee is just as good as playing in L.A., we’ll give Dudley the benefit of the doubt here under the circumstances.

Baron Davis figured out why Russell Westbrook isn’t starting All-Star Game: Russian hackers

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When the starters for next month’s All-Star Game in New Orleans were announced this week, there was a mini-uproar on Twitter because Russell Westbrook — the guy averaging a triple-double this season — wasn’t picked. It’s hard for me to get worked up over two-time MVP Stephen Curry getting the nod, but if you want someone to blame it was the fans’ call — they voted Curry first overall, James Harden second, Westbrook third. The players and media had Westbrook first, Harden second, but the tie is broken by the fan vote.

Enter Baron Davis with the timely joke.

We just need to tie in a Zaza Pachulia joke and it will be perfect.

Report: Bucks brought Jabari Parker off bench for discussing with media team’s meeting

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker, center, looks for an open teammate as he is surrounded by Miami Heat players during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bucks 109-97. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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The Milwaukee Bucks had lost four in a row and had slid out of a playoff slot in the East. It’s not one end of the court — in their last five games, the Bucks had the second-worst defense and fourth-worst offense in the NBA. After that fourth loss, the team held a players’ only meeting, one where Jabari Parker reportedly ripped his teammates for a lack of togetherness.

In the postgame media sessions that followed, Parker told the press he confirmed there was a meeting and said he had been “thrashed” by his teammates for what he said.

It was that speaking to the media that got him benched for a game — as decided by his teammates — reports Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker did not start in Saturday’s road loss to the Miami Heat for violating a team rule that prohibits disclosing locker room discourse to the media, league sources told ESPN…

Parker’s teammates deliberated and decided the appropriate punishment for the violation was to bring him off the bench against the Heat, league sources told ESPN. It was the first time this season that he did not start.

The meeting and the benching didn’t help, the Bucks fell to the lowly Heat 109-97. (Team/players meetings are overrated in how often they help teams turn things around.)

The good news for the Bucks is that in a tight East they remain just a game out of the playoffs and three games out of the five seed. It’s going to be a tough week to turn that around with the Rockets, resurgent Sixers, Raptors, and Celtics on the schedule.

 

Denver’s Kenneth Faried gets up, blocks DeAndre Jordan dunk attempt (VIDEO)

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Without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in the lineup, the Clippers don’t have much going for them offensively. However, there is one thing: DeAndre Jordan can still run to the rim and dunk with authority.

Denver’s Kenneth Faried took that away Saturday.

Faried hustled back in transition, showed he still had some hops and swatted away a Jordan dunk attempt.

The Nuggets went on to win the game comfortably, 123-98, behind 19 points and 10 boards from Nikola Jokic.

Suns’ Devin Booker sinks three that defeats Knicks (VIDEO)

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The Knicks last three losses have come by a total of six points. The team is not good, a little banged up, and doesn’t play any defense, but New York also has just had a run of bad luck.

The latest example: Phoenix’s Devin Booker draining a three to knock off New York, 107-105. It was a mistake by Derrick Rose, who sagged down to the free throw line watching Eric Bledsoe with the ball coming off the pick, which led to the open pass. Also, notice that Booker set up three feet back of the three-point line — this is a trend a lot of teams and good shooters are following (watch a Rockets’ game) because it makes the closeout harder. Rose would have contested a shot at the arc, but Booker gets a clean look from where he spotted up, and drills it.

Carmelo Anthony got a shot to win it for the Knicks, but his rimmed out.