LeBron James apparently is sad to see his Lakers teammate Jared Dudley join the Mavericks as an assistant coach.
“Congrats to my guy if this true, which is probably is! But man!! F–K,” James tweeted Tuesday — the same day Dudley, a 14-year NBA veteran, tweeted his excitement to join the Dallas staff led by Jason Kidd.
Kidd was an assistant for the Lakers and won a championship in the 2020 NBA Bubble with Dudley and James.
“Excuse my language but [this] one hurt!! For many reasons that you wouldn’t understand,” James wrote in a second tweet.
Dudley reflected on his close relationship with James in a pair of tweets on Tuesday, following news of him landing the Mavericks coaching gig.
“Man what a ride! 14 yr NBA career capped off by winning a NBA championship with the @Lakers! Just want to thank GOD for blessing me, also want to personally thank @KingJames @AntDavis23 @JeanieBuss and the Lakers organization. Without Bron and AD I don’t join LAL or win a [ring],” the 36-year-old wrote.
Earlier this month, Dudley defended Kidd’s coaching style on Twitter after a newly-released biography by Mirin Fader — titled “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an MVP” — detailed Kidd’s alleged harsh treatment of players during his tenure with the Bucks from 2014-2018.
“Jason Kidd was a great coach in Milwaukee. The man single handedly change the culture,” Dudley tweeted. He played for Kidd’s Bucks in 2014-15.
“One of the biggest turn arounds from one year to the next in NBA history. I personally saw what he did for [Kris] Middleton and Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. He laid the foundation for them winning the chip this year.”
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