February 3rd, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Sports

Can Chris Dudley Defend Oregon Against Chicago?

Chris Dudley

An inquiring reader who's on Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Dudley's email list had a question after reading Dudley's promise yesterday to defend Oregon against Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's pledge to recruit Oregon businesses ticked about the passage last week of Measures 66 and 67.

The question: Does Dudley, an ex-Trail Blazer who played for multiple NBA teams in a 16-year career, have any track record of actually defending successfully against the Bulls when he played against them.

Dudley's letter yesterday to Daley said (before launching into a self-serving take about why he should be governor), "If you pursue this idea, rest assured you will find me ready to defend our jobs, our workers and our businesses. Having spent 16 years in the NBA, l know how to block shots and play defense and I am looking forward to a little one-on-one with you to protect and defend Oregon's future. If the current crowd in Salem won't stand up for Oregon – I will."

So did Dudley raise his game any when he played against the Bulls?

Not really. He averaged 1.2 blocks per game, 6.5 rebounds and 0.4 steals against the Bulls in 34 games. All are about the same as his lifetime stats against the entire league.

Meantime, we came up empty for video of Dudley playing defense against Chicago, but we did find this:

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