LeBron James sends pissed-off congratulations to Jared Dudley after he secures Mavs coaching job

Brad Sullivan
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James showed mixed emotions when congratulating former teammate Jared Dudley for being hired as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks.

Dudley will be working under new Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, who most recently served as a Lakers assistant coach. Prior to Kidd entering the coaching ranks, he and James battled each other on the court for years.

During Dudley’s two seasons with the Lakers, he came off the bench in all but one of the 57 regular season games he played in. During the 2020-21 campaign, he was limited to 12 games.

However, as a veteran who’s been in the NBA since 2007, Dudley was able to offer counsel to teammates. That obviously caught the attention of Kidd.

James and the Lakers will battle the Mavericks on multiple occasions during the upcoming season. Surely, James and Dudley will have a warm reunion next time they see one another.

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Brad is a freelance writer for LakersDaily.com, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.