Jared Dudley looking forward to mentoring Kyle Kuzma

Apr 13, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley (6) reacts as he walks off the court after a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran leadership can be often overstated, but in the case of Jared Dudley, you could see it oozing from him at Lakers media day. Fully immersed in the scrums, he’s looking forward to the battles ahead and playing whatever role it takes to help the Lakers earn title 17.

Throughout his 12-year career, Dudley has been on both rebuilding teams and franchises that played well into the playoffs. All of this experience has connected him with lots of personalities and what it takes to bring them together. He spoke about the importance of the Lakers building bonds on the road:

While establishing himself on the roster, Dudley’s plans to elevate Kyle Kuzma is an exciting part of the season to keep an eye on. Last year with the Brooklyn Nets he played a crucial role in former Laker D’Angelo Russell making the all-star leap. 

Here are some quotes from Laker Film Room’s Pete Zayas.

Kuzma is holding onto all-star aspirations and proving to the league that he’s a worthy component to forming a dominant trio alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Russell was able to establish himself as a much different player on and off the floor as a Net. This season will be one of the most important ones of Kuzma’s young career. The acquisition of Dudley may prove to be an excellent decision by the Lakers.

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