Dudley Suffers Torn MCL
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One of the most important pieces from the Los Angeles Lakers for the past two seasons has suffered a setback in his career.

NBA Veteran Jared Dudley, who has played a total of 76 minutes this season across 11 games, has suffered a torn MCL.

''In addition to a right knee contusion, Jared Dudley has been diagnosed with a right MCL tear,” the Lakers announced.

Dudley is still evaluating treatment options, according to the team.

The 35 year-old has been crucial in the Lakers chemistry for the past two seasons, becoming a leader in the locker room as well as a vocal captain off the bench. 

In his second year with the Lakers, Dudley, appeared in 45 regular-season games with one start during their championship season.