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Smush Parker fired back at Kobe Bryant. Here's what Smush had to say in response to Kobe's criticism. Great stuff:
Smush Parker fired back at Kobe Bryant on the Hard 2 Guard radio show:
“I’m lost for words. It makes me blush. For my name to still come out of that man’s mouth? It makes me blush. It makes no sense.”
"Playing with Kobe Bryant was an overrated experience.”
“What I personally don’t like about him is the man that he is, his personality, how he treats people. I don’t mess with that man. I don’t like that side of Kobe Bryant. Basketball is a team sport. It’s team-oriented. It’s not an individual sport. It’s not tennis or golf, it is a team sport. When you are the star of the team, you have to make your teammates feel comfortable. You have to make them feel welcome. You have to make it a good working environment. He did not do that at all.”
“Midway through the first season, I tried to at least have a conversation with Kobe Bryant – he's my teammate, he's a co-worker of mine, I see his face every day when I go into work. I tried to talk with him about football. He tells me I can’t talk to him, with a serious face. He tells me I need more accolades under my belt before I can come talk to him. He was dead serious.”
“He never made any attempt to develop any kind of friendships with any of his teammates. Not when I was there. On road trips, he traveled with his security guards. Those were the guys he talked to. He didn’t talk to any of his teammates. On the team plane, he sat in the back of the plane by himself."
"I’ll tell you a funny story. My first year there, we made the playoffs. We’re playing the Phoenix Suns. Phil Jackson gives Lamar Odom his black card to take the team out to dinner and build camaraderie for the playoffs. We show up as a team and hang out as a team. We’re all sitting at one table, the whole team, but Kobe Bryant was sitting by himself at his own table in the corner."
“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 (expletive). 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."
“Kobe Bryant says I’m the worst point guard, that I should have never made it into the NBA. He just frowns at the thought of me playing in the backcourt with him. Like Jay-Z says, people lie, numbers don’t. Just go to the stats.”
“If I don’t deserve to play in the NBA, why am I third on all the stat sheets on the Lakers team those years? I’m top three in all the categories.”