Brooklyn Nets’ wing Jared Dudley did not hold back his feelings on Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid following a testy playoff series.
“Because now you have championship aspirations. Everyone is watching. Dwight Howard was similar. He was a big guy, a big personality, but his goofing around eventually turned people [against him]. There will come a point when [Embiid’s] teammates will leave the Sixers. How they talk about him after they are gone, how they view him, that will tell us a lot. But, as long as [Embiid] works his butt off, treats his teammates right, shows them the respect, the sky’s the limit.”
These comments were preceded by Dudley saying Embiid “likes attention” and “likes to troll guys.”
For context, Joel Embiid stirred the pot with Jared Dudley following Philly’s 112-108 win in Game 4 of the series. Things got dicey in the game when Embiid committed a flagrant foul on Nets center Jarrett Allen. The ensuing fracas led to technical fouls and ejections for both Dudley and Sixers forward Jimmy Butler.
Embiid then infamously said, “Dudley is a nobody,” in a postgame interview.
That said, Dudley’s comments are probably nothing more than simple trash talk. The Nets had a great run leading up to the playoffs, and are rightfully disappointed about being eliminated in five games by Embiid’s Sixers.
Be it motivation or talking smack, one thing is certain: The Nets-76ers rivalry is going to be one to watch next season. The budding rivalry could only be amplified if Dudley re-signs with Brooklyn.
Embiid and the Sixers continue their playoff trek on Thursday night. They’re set to battle the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN). The series is tied at a game apiece.
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