Jared Dudley has yet to play a game with the Wizards. Because of offseason back surgery, Dudley might miss the team’s opening few preseason games, or even the first few games of the regular season. But Dudley has already proved his worth in one area: as a sports-radio guest.
The affable and humorous forward — who has also become one of the most interesting Washington athletes on social media — made a media-day appearance on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning, where he answered a raft of questions, both serious and less so. He said, for example, that he anticipates mostly playing the stretch four for Washington this season, that he still hopes he can be ready at the start of the season, that he thinks Coach Randy Wittman will alter his lineups based on match-ups rather than philosophy, and that no matter what happened at Nationals Park on Sunday, “you never touch the franchise.”
But Dudley was also asked to name the worst dresser or most disgusting teammate from his career, and he immediately had an answer.
“Adam Morrison,” Dudley called out, naming a teammate from the 2008-09 Charlotte Bobcats. “Remember Adam Morrison? He never took showers, he did the chewing tobacco that he spit all the time, and he wore the same three polos the whole year. This is a guy who made a lot of money, too, at that time. He was the face of diabetes, he was doing everything, he was on the cover of college games, he was [everywhere], and he was by far the worst and [most] disgusting.”
Grant Paulsen then pointed out that if Morrison wasn’t receiving many minutes, this might not have been a big deal.
“He was playing when I was there, that’s the thing, he was playing,” Dudley said. “He then tore his ACL, that’s when he didn’t play, but he was playing when I was there. He was playing like 30 minutes a game. Gerald Wallace had to force him to take a shower one time. Had to force him. Imagine that. Imagine forcing a grown man to take a shower. He should be ashamed of himself.”
(Note to Morrison: This was said with no small amount of goodwill and zest. No offense. Note to Dudley: in Washington, we transcribe way too many sports-radio interviews. No offense.)
Unbeknownst to me, this is apparently a real part of Morrison’s life philosophy. A behind-the-scenes ESPN program during his time at Gonzaga quotes Coach Mark Few joking with Morrison about his hygiene.
“You even have time for a shower today,” Few reportedly said. “That’s why I moved the time back, so you could get a good shower.”
Morrison later quipped that he hadn’t showered in more than three days, according to the Gonzaga Bulletin. Which doesn’t really seem too crazy to me, but I guess some people love to shower.
(Via Wiz Happy Hour dot com)