Kobe Bryant can blame himself for making Smush Parker relevant again. After the Black Mamba let the world know that he felt Smush was the worst player in the NBA, of course people tracked Parker down to see what his thoughts were about the comment. That of course opened the flood gates and now Smush is telling all the dirty deets of his two year stint with the Lakers and why he feels Kobe has beef with him.
In his eyes, the beef is because he refused to suck up to Kobe…
“You can’t knock the man’s legacy, you can’t knock what he’s done in basketball. His work ethic is tremendous. There’s not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball — you’ve seen that throughout his career.
“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 even told a story about a time when the team was in Phoenix preparing for a playoff series against the Suns. Smush says that coach Phil Jackson gave Lamar Odom his black card to take the team out to a nice dinner as a bonding experience. Parker says the entire team sat at one table, and that Kobe Bryant had his own table in a corner.
Parker also referred to the team as “The Los Angeles Bryants.” Parker is currently playing in China and says he’s been misunderstood by the NBA…
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