Kobe Bryant struggled to contain his laughter.
Following practice Friday at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, reporters wasted no time informing him that Smush Parker was offended about comments Bryant made regarding why his former teammate doesn't belong in the NBA.
"There's really nothing else to say," Bryant said with a smirk. "I said what I had to say."
Bryant said plenty as he sat at his locker Wednesday before the Lakers' exhibition against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario. Although he nursed a strained right shoulder that has since healed, Bryant remained in a jovial mood. He joked that he's pestered new teammate Steve Nash for winning the 2005-06 MVP with Phoenix, which eliminated the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
"I tell Steve, you won MVP but I was playing with Smush Parker," Bryant said. "He's 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, bu...