It’s the epic battle we’ve all been waiting for. Kobe Bryant vs. Smush Parker.
Bryant recently called his former teammate one of the worst players that he’s ever had the
privilege burden to play with. Bryant said that Parker should have never been able to play in the NBA and that his former teammate may have cost him the MVP during the 2005-2006 season.
“I tell Steve, you won MVP but I was playing with Smush Parker … (Nash) is playing with (Leandro) Barbosa. I’m playing with Smush and Kwame (Brown). My goodness. Smush Parker was the worst. He shouldn’t have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on.”
Smush, of course, sees things a little differently.
Parker said that he wasn’t traded from the team his second year because of a lack of talent. Parker said that he left the team because he didn’t want to bow down to Kobe.
“What I don’t like about him is the man that he is. His personality. How he treats people. I don’t like that side of Kobe Bryant…. The reason I wasn’t a Laker after my second year is because I didn’t bow down to (Kobe). I didn’t kiss his a–. I wasn’t kissing his feet. Quite frankly, towards the end of the second season, I stopped passing him the ball. I stopped giving him the ball. I started looking him off.”
What do you think? Kobe Bryant is a well-known ball hog but he’s also one of the most prolific scorers in the game. Are you surprised that Smush Parker refused to pass Kobe the ball? Do you think Smush was one of the worst players to ever wear a Lakers uniform?