Jared Dudley has been in the face of the Philadelphia 76ers all series.
He was the guy who said Ben Simmons was “average” in the halfcourt (which echoed every scouting report on Simmons ever), prompting Simmons to respond, “It’s coming from Jared Dudley. C’mon.” The feud between the Sixers and Dudley was brewing.
Then came Sunday, when Dudley was ejected after coming to the defense of teammate Jarrett Allen, who had taken a hard foul from Joel Embiid. Dudley pushed Embiid, then Jimmy Butler pushed Dudley, then everybody got in a shoving match, and when the dust settled Dudley and Butler were ejected.
In his postgame interview after the Philly win, Embiid said Dudley was “a nobody.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 20, 2019
“First of all, he’s a nobody. And when opponents try to do stuff like that, that’s just to get us out of the game. Especially, I’m too valuable for my team. That’s why I didn’t react.”
That may be how the Sixers feel about Dudley at this point, but Nets fans and NBA Twitter loved the way Dudley stood up to Embiid and everyone else. This is just a taste.
Jared Dudley chants now breaking out… this feud is gloriously ridiculous.
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) April 20, 2019
Build Jared Dudley a statue outside the Barclays
— Cousin Steez (@AndrewDoxy) April 20, 2019
JARED DUDLEY IS THE NIGHT KING CONFIRMED pic.twitter.com/SfvddseHIk
— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) April 20, 2019
Jared Dudley looks like a middle aged franklin the turtle pic.twitter.com/uGUrdHZwOg
— Max Correard (@max_13_correard) April 20, 2019