Posted October 12, 2012

Smush Parker: I stopped passing to terrible teammate Kobe Bryant

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Smush Parker fired back at ex-teammate Kobe Bryant. (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Smush Parker called Kobe Bryant a bad teammate and claimed he stopped passing the superstar the ball, on Hard 2 Guard Internet radio and TMZ.

Bryant yesterday ripped Parker’s lack of talent, going so far as to saying the point guard cost Bryant the 2005-06 MVP trophy to new teammate Steve Nash.

“I tell Steve, you won MVP but I was playing with Smush Parker,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 93-75 exhibition loss Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. “He’s playing with [Leandro] Barbosa. I’m playing with Smush and Kwame [Brown]. My goodness.

“Smush Parker was the worst,” Bryant said. “He shouldn’t have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on.”

Parker fired back on Thursday:

“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.”

Parker offered anecdotes that made Bryant appear aloof, such as isolating himself at the back of the Lakers plane, sitting at his own table surrounded by security guards during a team bonding dinner before a playoff series and telling Parker he needed to earn more NBA accolades before he could talk to Bryant.


34 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

It seems fair, Kobe stopped passing decades ago!

rened1948
rened1948

I believe Smush Parker not because I know Kobe personally but usually very talented and dominant people are that way. Not all like Magic Johnson comes to mind. But Larry Bird, Michael Jordan Kareem Abdul Jabbar gives the same vibes.

FrawgMastar
FrawgMastar

Kobe let it slide?  Hell no!  Can't wait till his HOF speech; Smush, Raja Bell, Doug Christie, that Knicks player who checked his jaw, the valet who scratched his Ferrari, the helicopter pilot who farted that one time : everyone's going to get it!

waggonerkris
waggonerkris

hahahaha you stopped passing him the ball and within 2 years you went from starting point guard for the LAKERS to playing in freaking Iran! They started a rookie Jordan Farmar over you when the playoffs started cuz you were so bad!!

bdg2090
bdg2090

Smush, and you wonder why u're not in the League anymore...just in case u don't know...look at your career stats...u Suck Bro!

 

Kellyteresa12
Kellyteresa12

There are tons of players (Adam Morrison anyone?) who have rings because they were teammates with Kobe. Hey Smush, maybe he didnt like you because he thought you sucked? Players aren't paid to be liked. They are paid to perform. Kobe performs. You did not.

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

I'm a Lakers fan but believe that Kobe should have taken the high road or at the very least, not name names. Lakers fans know anyway and will figure out for themselves. Smush has better talent than a lot of NBA players but he's mainly inconsistent and a lazy defender, he makes Mike Bibby look like a perennial defensive player of the year candidate.

AnthonyBua
AnthonyBua

Kobe get credit for being a great teammate all the time. Except you morons only hear what you want to hear. Did anyone of you even hear of Smush before this? LOL probably not. He pissed EVERYONE off on that laker team, not just kobe. Phil Jackson, Derrick Fisher even Kwame all had negative things to say about smush and his bad attitude.

 

But hey, you all keep pretending you know anything about basketball LOL

RobertM
RobertM

I believe Smush and I will continue to watch Kobe play basketball instead of Smush. Mr. Smush Parker is I'm sure who I would rather hang around and choose to befriend. Kobe is who I will pay to watch play basketball. I didn't like or respect Jordan as a person either.

 

I still evaluate Jordan the same way, and think he is not of high character such that I would respect him as a man. He had the opportunity to stop violence in the streets involving youth,that was occurring in many major cities over his shoe sales, and he declined to raise his voice. Think Ali or Russell or Walton or Jim Brown in contrast for character examples relative to Jordan.

 

Jordan had the opportunity to help an African American man (historic opportunity in the deep south), get elected to the US Senate from his own home state of North Carolina...in fact take the seat of the avowed racist Jesse Helms, and he chose not to raise his voice (his excuse was as he stated "Republicans buy shoes too"). Finally I remember observing that he had the opportunity to retire, and "spend time raising his 3 sons and teach them the game of basketball" as he put it, and he chose after a very short while to instead not to do this but go play again and end up getting played himself in a most degrading way afterwards by the owner of the lowly Wizards.

 

Most "real men of character" in that scenario with his financial means would have realized the awesome opportunity to be with his boys and chosen instead to take up that challenge. Most real men would have sacrificed some of his cache to make a real difference in the lives of people by helping in an historical election. But not Mike.

 

Kobe is the same type of guy. Kobe sold out Shaq publically regarding infidelity when Shaq was "being a good due/teammate" by sharing his best practices in dealing with sticky situations with women outside the marriage. I will watch them (Kobe/Mike) play but never respect them as men based on what I observe. I will only respect them as basketball players based on what I observe. Contrast LBJ. No teammate in Cleveland or Miami ever said Lebron was not a superb and trusted teammate. Never happened and likely never will.

alxnick
alxnick

KOBE has that PERSONALITY. He is only CONCERNED about himself and it will never change. As a 20 year teacher, I have become an expert of social behavior in conjunction to a  person's personality. KOBE is hardly LIKABLE with the ONLY CHILD SYNDROME. "Only child"  usually is SELFISH because they didn't not learn to share and how to be charitable. You can tell by the players interaction whether they get along. Many guys get alone with LeBron and want to PLAY with him. You NEVER see someone who cites KOBE as a good teammate or friend!

dkilgored
dkilgored

KB demands the Lakers trade Shaq and fire Phil Jackson or he walks that summer, they did so, and then he whines and moans about how the lack of talent around him cost him success, and demands a trade. The Pau acquisition bailed him out, and got him back to the finals, and he takes all the credit. Pretty obvious what a prima donna narcissist he is.  Compare how Nash and Tim Duncan played with low level talent starting next to them over the years like Channing Frye and Jared Dudley, Danny Greene and Matt Bonner, etc, and those MVP hall-of-famers build their team mates up instead of blame them for missing the playoffs, or going out in round 1.

DERRICK1
DERRICK1

You tell him Smush! You have your multiple MVP'S and championships to back you up!

rened1948
rened1948

 @Pares Hilton I agree with you. But he should not have said anything at all period. Even mentioning it to Steve Nash is in poor taste. Nash earned his MVP award both times period. He was the dominant player during that time and Kobe had to contend with Shaq. Leave it be. This is where LeBron is better than Kobe. As a person LeBron appreciates his teammates. Maybe not the city he plays for like Cleveland. Kobe should concentrate getting the championship with the remaining years in the NBA.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @AnthonyBua You don't know anything, have you ever been on the Lakers' roster?  That's what I thought, you don't squat...now step off his boys and let 'em breath.

Kp
Kp

 @RobertM Excellent take, Robert.

 

Ball players who don't have the balls to put themselves out there on issues that DO NOT involve sports only deserve to be graded on their performance on the court/field, and are nothing more than athletes.

 

Ball players who take the risks not only to their pro but private lives by putting themselves out there on humanitarian/social issues are graded on a much different curve.

 

Sadly, most players of all sports believe that if they speak out then they'll lose money when they don't understand that if they are quality players they'll not only earn from their prowess but from the sometimes difficult stands they are willing to take.

rened1948
rened1948

 @RobertM If I were you I would have chosen Joe Frazier instead of Muhammad Ali. For a man to denigrate his country before the world is worse than blocks stones and the rest of the senseless things. Ali was created by the media the same way that Obama was. Without Joe Frazier Ali would not have returned to the ring. But what did Ali do ? The f------ng ingrate insulted him and shamed him before the rest of the world. He was not even the greatest fighter in my book He was twice defeated by Ken Norton but saved by the press and the ref and in the Thrilla in Manila if Frazier Manager had not thrown the towel Ali would have given up.

AnthonyBua
AnthonyBua

 @RobertM by the way, MJ did a HUGE fundraiser for Obama just this summer. So where's your bullshit argument now? Oh right, and LBJ is the saint...LOL

beirutwedding
beirutwedding

 @RobertM Careful, bro. Just because you haven't heard about LeBron's demons doesn't mean they're not there. And we've seen some of them. Remember when that kid dunked on him and he squashed the video?

 

And frankly, I'm sure Smush is no saint either. Or Shaq for that matter -- a real model of humility. One NBA player calling another one "aloof" or some such is like Roseanne Barr calling Rosie O' Donnell fat. Excuse me if I think Smush's moral indignation has more to do with the fact that one is a superstar and the other isn't. And he stopped passing...to KOBE BRYANT??? Really? Give me a freaking break. Talk about sour grapes.

beirutwedding
beirutwedding

 @dkilgored What is going on with you guys? Kobe Bryant has six rings and might be on his way to six. Five rings, two Finals MVP and a season MVP but you leap to the side of Smush Parker? Ca-moooon!

beirutwedding
beirutwedding

 @Matakenyalaki But if you were forced, for instance, to stick to what you actually know about that case than you're kinda stuck with your judgement. Hopefully, you'll turn it on yourself.

routt66
routt66

 @rened1948  @Pares Hilton

 Kobe should keep his mouth shut. Really!  Why is anybody listening to freaking Smush Parker anyway. I thought he died already..Kobe has already been taken and fleeced by the police and some chick in Colorado. I guess Smush wishes to have some alone time with Kobe as well. Smush needs to stop pretending he is somebody by living off of Kobe's fame and greatness!

1jaycee
1jaycee

 @rened1948  @RobertM Are you crazy, at that time, the United States had been denigrating Blacks for almost 400 years. IMO, no person should risk their life for a country that will not give them all the rights that others have. I agree that it was shameful the way Ali treated Frazier, after Frazier helped him out. But he was not wrong for calling out this country for their racist tactics.

RobertM
RobertM

 @AnthonyBua  @RobertM My argument is bullshit? MJ did a fundraiser because David Stern did a fundraiser and asked him to join. It was a business move that Stern had to talk him into. I don't worship any of these dudes man. Neither should you. Jordan is simply no hero he was just good at basketball.

RobertM
RobertM

 @beirutwedding You make good points. I can respect your perspective. I just know that these dudes should not be put on pedestals. I like basketball and enjoy seeing the talent. It goes no further than that for me with these dudes. 

westcoasttiger
westcoasttiger

 @beirutwedding  The issue here is whether Kobe is a good teammate, not his greatness as a player. It's always been easy to see he is self-centered. My favorite was when he helped lobby to get Shaq outta town and then the next season was asked why he was having a tougher time getting to the basket, he answered dismissively by asking if the reporter knew how difficult it was to score against a double or triple-team? Doh!

Howard G
Howard G

 @routt66  @rened1948  @Pares Hilton You mean "some chick in Colorado" that he raped?  ... The evidence recovered by police included the T-shirt that Bryant wore the night of the incident, which had three small stains of the accuser's blood on it. The smudge was verified to be the accuser's blood by DNA testing and probably was not menstrual blood because the accuser said she had her period two weeks earlier. It was revealed that Bryant leaned the woman over a chair to have sex with her, which allegedly caused the bleeding. This was the sex act in question, as the accuser claims she told Bryant to stop but he would not, and Bryant claims he stopped after asking if he could ejaculate on her face.[5]

el80ne
el80ne

 @chendaddy  @RobertM  @beirutwedding Yeah but people remember Ali for being the best and most exciting in the world at what he did more than his activist causes, so that's what LBJ probably had foremost in his mind when at the tender age of 21 he said he wanted to be admired like Ali, it's doubtful he had even considered Ali's political stances and martyrdom. You probably said some naive things at 21 too. And since one of his stated goals was to be the first billionaire athlete, in signing that petition you're directly asking him to jeopardize that goal, so it's no surprise that he declined. Nor would his signing it have prevented China from buying oil from Sudan and like you said he did make a donation to Darfur that didn't interfere with his financial interests so I'm really not sure where your umbrage comes from. I think you're being unduly critical.

chendaddy
chendaddy

 @RobertM  @beirutwedding LeBron LeBron. I gave up on liking LeBron as a person in 2006 when he said he wanted to be admired like Muhammad Ali and the world's first billionaire athlete around the same time. Then later that year, when Ira Newble passed around a petition in the Cavs locker room asking China to stop buying oil from Sudan and supporting the genocide in Darfur, the only two people who didn't sign the petition were Damon Jones--who had a Chinese sneaker deal--and LeBron James--who had massive commercial interests in China. His excuse: I need to know more about the situation. Later he made a donation to Darfur that didn't conflict with his commercial interests in China.

 

Let me ask you this: would Ali, who was sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to fight in Vietnam, ever in a thousand lifetimes do something like that? Admired like Ali and the world's first billionaire athlete. LeBron's definitely on the right track to do one of those things.

B Lo
B Lo

 @westcoasttiger  @beirutwedding Actually, Dr. Buss came out a few years ago and said that it was SHAQ, not Kobe, who made the ultimatum about it being him or Kobe.  That is what led to Shaq being traded.  The Lakers management chose to build around Kobe.