Clippers’ Paul George brushes off criticism from Lakers’ Jared Dudley: ‘God bless him’

Paul George wasn't taking the bait.

The tension between Los Angeles rivals was heightened Wednesday when an excerpt from a book by Lakers forward Jared Dudley made the rounds on social media. Dudley wrote that the Lakers felt it was "disrespectful" for George to put himself on the same level as a player as LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

George wasn't interested in escalating a war of words after the Clippers' win Wednesday night. He brushed off Dudley's criticism.

"God bless him. God bless you, Jared Dudley," said George. "I don't know what it is. Dudes love throwing my name in stuff, but God bless you, Jared."

Paul George on Jared Dudley’s book comments against him: “God bless him. God bless you, Jared Dudley. I don’t know what it is, dudes love throwing my name in stuff.”

Dudley released a 42-page book this week titled "Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season Under Quarantine" that details the Lakers' title-winning run through the playoffs in the Orlando bubble this past fall.

The part of the book that had the NBA world buzzing described the animosity between the Lakers and Clippers. Dudley wrote that the Lakers took offense to the Clippers talking themselves up before the season, especially George.

"But we think it’s disrespectful for Paul George, who hasn’t won, to put himself on the level of Bron and AD. This motivates us," Dudley wrote.

Paul George and LeBron James during the season opener. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

George is off to one of the best starts of his career so far this season. He is averaging 24.4 points per game on a career-high 50.8% shooting from the field and career-high 47.8% from 3-point range.

The Clippers (17-6) are tied with the Utah Jazz atop the Western Conference, with the Lakers (16-6) a half-game behind. After missing out on a Lakers-Clippers series in last season's West finals, NBA fans have their fingers crossed that the highly coveted matchup comes to fruition in this year's playoffs.

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