Paul George On Jared Dudley: "I Don’t Know What It Is. Dudes Love Throwing My Name In Stuff, But God Bless You, Jared.”

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(via Orange County Register)

(via Orange County Register)

Paul George seems to be the NBA's biggest bouncing bag right now. After several seasons of falling short in the playoffs, fans, media members, and even fellow players have joined in a chorus song of criticism.

Most recently, Lakers veteran Jared Dudley included him in his new book, highlighting the opinion that PG hasn't yet earned the right to put himself in the same class as LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Naturally, George was asked to respond, to which he issued the following statement:

“God bless him. God bless you, Jared Dudley. I don’t know what it is. Dudes love throwing my name in stuff, but god bless you, Jared.”

It is true that PG is always dragged into something, and it seems every week he's having to defend himself against the naysayers and hecklers.

But maybe it's about time he let his game do the talking. The 30-year-old swingman is doing well-enough this season, averaging 23.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game on 49.8% shooting.

But if he wants to be taken seriously, he'll need to make sure he steps up when it matters most: in the playoffs.

We'll see before too long how successful he'll be this year.