Jared Dudley has defended his LA Lakers teammate Danny Green after rapper and fan Snoop Dogg took a dig at him during the NBA Finals.
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But the series took a turn in Game 5, which was a contest highlighted by the epic duel between a 35-point triple-double from Jimmy Butler and LeBron's 40-point performance.
However, the Lakers lost after Green missed a game winning shot from outside the arc.
This prompted Snoop Dogg, a fervent LA Lakers fan, to tell Green to ‘get ya ass back in the gym right now’.
However, this didn’t impress teammate Dudley who didn’t like the criticism in the heat of the moment.
"I'm someone where I don't question your fandom, because for one, he's solidified, he's cemented when it comes to fandom," Dudley said on Complex's Load Management podcast.
"I'm questioning your tactic on a trying to help a player help win your team a championship."
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Dudley had a problem with Snoop Dogg’s phrasing and defended his teammate who was courageous enough to take the shot.
"My only problem with it was you can't call no man a bitch," Dudley added.
"My whole thing is when you come to that, now we're getting on something personal."
Dudley understood Snoop Dogg’s frustration, but wanted the support of such a high-profile fan.
"And you know when you grow up, I don't care what age you are, you hear that word, you're automatically thinking fighting. We're not fighting Snoop Dogg. He's a fan," Dudley added.
"My whole thing was that he wanted to win so bad, (he) got out of character. We all get out of character. I do that with my kids when I get mad at them when they slip up and I say something or do something I regret."
LA Lakers win NBA Finals over Miami Heat
This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world.
For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final title a decade ago, the Lakers are NBA champions. James had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday night to win the NBA Finals in six games.
"Our organisation wants their respect. Laker Nation wants their respect," James said.
"And I want my damn respect, too."
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