Originally written on That NBA Lottery Pick  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Kobe
Back on Friday, we featured a story about Kobe Bryant ripping into members of the 2005-2006 Los Angeles Lakers including point guard Smush Parker who he called, "the worst ever".As you may figure, Parker became a hot topic and joined the folks over at the Hard 2 Guard radio to discuss Kobe's comments:“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,” he told Hard 2 Guard. “The two years in LA were a blessing to me,” he said. “People who ask me how it was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. People ask me how it was playing with Kobe Bryant. I said in 2008 that it was an overrated experience.”“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. I had a workout with the Lakers, beat all the guards out for the starting position, earned a spot on the team. Midway through the first season, I tried to at least have a conversation with Kobe Bryant — he is my teammate, he is a co-worker of mine, I see his face every day I go in to work — and I tried to talk with him about football. He tells me I can’t talk to him. He tells me I need more accolades under my belt before I come talk to him. He was dead serious.” Later in the interview, Parker talked about his nickname for that squad and his eventual demise with the Lakers:“Whenever Kobe is happy, the Lakers are happy. Whenever Kobe smiles, the team smiles. They should be the Los Angeles Bryants.”“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.”  In response to Kobe's comment that he was the worst, Smush states that the numbers don't lie:“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 back court 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.”(Transcription of the interview done by Larry Brown Sports)
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