Jared Dudley.

Jared Dudley takes up fan's 1-on-1 challenge - offers $5,000 prize

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When it comes to the modern game, part and parcel of being a professional NBA player is dealing with the hecklers and critics on social media.

For the large part, pros tend to ignore the haters and opt either to block them out, or, when it comes to Twitter, block them altogether.


League veteran Jared Dudley had the opposite approach over the weekend, however, as he responded to a 'fan' claiming he could beat him in a game of one-on-one.

The bold claim came from a Twitter account by the name of @DOSEOFDCSPORTS, and they even predicted the score - a comfortable 11-6 victory for the amateur.

Rather than simply ignoring the fan's bravado, Dudley, in a move that most likely had the confident DC sports fan wishing he'd gone for a closer scoreline, responded on Monday night.

The 30-year-old, most recently of the Washington Wizards, even threw in a wager and a stipulation that would, in theory, make his task that much more difficult.

24 hours on from laying down the challenge we're still waiting to see whether the unlikely one-on-one game will actually happen, but @DOSEOFDCSPORTS was showing no signs of backing down as the pair continued their Twitter back and forth:

By the sounds of it, it could all hinge on whether Dudley returns to the Wizards for the 2016-17 NBA season.

You have to admire the fan's optimism that he could out-play a professional. In reality, however, you'd have to think he would just be giving up $5,000 for the privilege to share the hardwood with Dudley.

Although the former Bobcats, Suns, Clippers and Bucks swingman is closer to the end of his NBA career than he is to its beginning, the man played 81 games in the NBA this season and averaged 7.9 points in just over 25 minutes.

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It would certainly provide a bit of variety in Dudley's offseason routine but the uncertainty surrounding the former Boston College star's future in Washington could scupper any plans.


The veteran only joined the Wizards in July 2015 but is a free agent this summer. He has already hinted that opportunities at the likes of the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz could be on the horizon ahead of the 2016-17 NBA campaign.

If Dudley does move on from Washington, the anonymous fan might have to turn his attentions to someone else on the Wizards roster if he wants to prove his skills on the court.

If he is as confident as he sounds, maybe three-time All-Star and Washington point guard John Wall could step in as a late substitution for his fellow pro.

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