"I don't get along with Blake Griffin now," Dudley bluntly responded, before delving further into the lone season he spent with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013-14:
"When I was with him I didn’t have a bad relationship with him. That team was the most toxic team. It was weird because it was a bipolar type team. We were somewhat cool off the floor; we weren’t cool on the floor.
"I just don’t like his personality and attitude. I think he’s a great basketball player and I think you can differentiate the two. It’s easy to be the greatest teammate when you’re winning. How about when you’re losing? How about when you’re down 20? And that’s the biggest thing with that team. It was the biggest front-running team. You’re up 20, everything’s good, throwing lobs. Down 20, people want to fight, bickering. I don’t want to say my least favorite … That’s a teammate right now that I don’t talk (to), don’t get along (with), words aren’t exchanged on the court, yada yada."
The Clippers finished 57-25 that year but were ousted in the Western Conference semifinals by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Griffin was the team's leading scorer, while Dudley averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 23.4 minutes across 74 games (43 starts).
Dudley signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2014-15 campaign and made stops with the Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets before landing back in L.A. with the Lakers on a one-year contract.
When Griffin was sued for palimony by Brynn Cameron, the mother of his two children, in February 2018, details of his strained relationship with Paul were revealed (h/t Emma Baccellieri for Deadspin):
"In addition to raising their son, Griffin continued to rely on Cameron for advice regarding his career. Griffin spoke with Cameron following games to discuss his performance and team dynamics, including his mounting tension with Chris Paul. The Clippers had been Griffin's team since he was drafted and he felt like it was not longer his team."
The lawsuit also outlined that "Griffin struggled to be viewed as a leader for the Clippers while Chris Paul was such a vocal presence in the locker room and the media."
Dudley seems to be pleased with where his career has taken him since that disappointing Clippers season.
"I wanted to come to the Lakers because this not only benefits me this year to win a championship but long-term," the 34-year-old told Oram. "Media, dealing with you guys. If I try to become a head coach or a (general manager), I've now played with LeBron, I've been on a championship-caliber team. It helps my whole resume going forward."
In the short term, Dudley is averaging 1.5 points and 0.9 rebounds in 7.8 minutes across 23 games (one start) this season as a veteran reserve for the Western Conference-leading 26-7 Lakers.