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Updated Jul 11, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Suns' Dudley: Nash joining Lakers amps up rivalry

Newly-acquired Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash holds up his new jersey during a news conference at the team's headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The Lakers acquired two-time MVP Nash from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for first round draft picks in 2013 and 2015 as well as second round draft picks in 2013 and 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Jared Dudley harbors no ill will towards Steve Nash.

Teammates since December 2008, the Suns swingman knows how much the two-time MVP has helped him develop as a person and as a player.

However, when the Suns meet the Lakers for the first time next season, all that will go out the window.

"What he's done for the franchise, I'm not mad at that at all because he deserves that," he told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Wednesday of Nash leaving for Los Angeles. "But now we've got to try and kill him."

Sounds about right.

The Suns and Lakers are bitter rivals, and just because Nash is well-respected does not mean everyone wants to see L.A. do well.

"You know what it comes down to, for one, we can't stand the Lakers, you know the rivalry," he said. "Before I even got to the Suns I didn't like the Lakers."

Dudley said he grew up a Bulls fan so the rivalry was already there, but things are understandably different now.

"You wanted the best for [Nash], but once the ball goes up you're looking to win, and you're looking to win not only for your own teammates, but for your city," he said. "We know there's bad blood between us, and it probably just got a little bit worse with the trade."

The NBA's 2012-13 schedule has not been released yet, but you better believe the Suns will put a big circle around their first matchup with the Lakers.


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