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LeBron James reacts to Jared Dudley fulfilling his hometown promise

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After 13 seasons in the league, Los Angeles Lakers veteran swingman Jared Dudley has finally won the first championship of his career. He vowed to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy to his hometown of San Diego, in the event that he wins an NBA championship.

The Lakers’ forward did just that and teammate Lebron James took to Twitter to celebrate his teammate’s success of fulfilling a promise:

The Boston College standout was already a seasoned journeyman in the league before he found his way to the Lakers in July of 2020. He had short stints with the Charlotte Bobcats dating back to 2007, followed by tenures with the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, a return trip to the Suns, and an appearance with the Brooklyn Nets before landing in Los Angeles.

He played limited action on the floor for the Purple and Gold all throughout the 2019-2020 regular-season and in the playoffs. He tallied norms of career-low numbers of 1.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists through 45 games played in Los Angeles.

Despite being relegated to a limited role on the court, he still made his impact felt inside the locker room as a veteran presence and eventually became a vital key to the team’s attained success.

He only signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract during the offseason to play alongside James and it is uncertain if he will be brought back to the Lakers in the 2020-2021 NBA season. Despite not being a major contributor on the court, the Lakers faithful still hope to see the 35-year-old veteran don the Purple and Gold next season.