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Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.7 kg.
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.7 kg.
It’s called “The Basketball Tournament,” and the simplicity is the winner-take-all $1 million format. Basically, as long as you’re not involved with the NBA at the time, you’re good to go, with the 97-team event opening July 10, the latter stages to be televised by ESPN. From a Heat perspective, among those to surface for the event include 2006 championship point guard Jason Williams, former Heat bit players Jamario Moon and Mike James, and, yes, even Smush Parker. Williams heads a Gators alumni team that also is scheduled to feature Erik Murphy, Matt Walsh, Alex Tyus and Lee Humphrey. Former Heat guard Mike Bibby has also been added to that mostly Gators squad.
Scott thinks so. “Jordan, back in the day, they said he was a tough guy to play with because he was so demanding,” Scott said. “He was punching guys in practice and things of that sort. And Kobe is in that same cloth.” Just ask Smush Parker, who once said Bryant told him in practice, “You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.”
Parker made an appearance on Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard recently and was asked about Kobe. Although Smush was clearly tired of the subject, he did say the following about the five-time NBA champion: “He told me one day at practice — I tried to talk to him outside of basketball about football. And he looked at me in practice and was dead serious and said, ‘You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.”
Ex-L.A. Lakers player Smush Parker is adamant … he did NOT slug a 16-year-old high school kid in the face during a pickup game in NYC this week — claiming it was just a hard foul. Parker has been under fire after reports surfaced that he got into it with prep star Wolfgang Novogratz last week — and punched the kid in the face during a heated exchange. But Parker’s manager James Hunt says it’s all B.S. — claiming there WAS a hard foul between the two … but no punch was ever thrown. “Smush did not punch him in the face. It wasn’t no assault or anything like that. It was a hard foul. He didn’t hit anybody.”
Wolfie, who is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and being heavily recruited already by colleges, was guarding Parker, who is 2 inches taller and lot heavier. “Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush,” said my source. “At the other end, Smush went up for a shot. There was a hard foul, and they both went down. Smush got up and punched Wolfie in the face.”
Wolfgang Novogratz — the basketball-playing 16-year-old son of HGTV stars Robert and Cortney Novogratz — shouldn’t have shown up former NBA player Smush Parker last week in a pick-up game at Basketball City at Pier 36. Parker, 32, punched Wolfie in the jaw, and the teen — a star at Brooklyn’s Poly Prep, where Chicago Bull Joakim Noah played — was taken to the hospital.
Smush Parker agreed to terms with MZT Skpje, according to Mario Mikulic. The former Laker has played with Cibona last season.
The Lakers’ 320-game home sellout streak ended when Staples wound up 571 spectators shy of the 18,997 capacity for the game against the New Orleans Pelicans. A Lakers game not selling out?! It hadn’t happened for seven years (Dec. 6, 2006 against the Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets). That was so long ago that the NBA was using what wound up as a temporary new microfiber composite basketball—and Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Luke Walton and Lamar Odom joined Kobe Bryant in the Lakers’ starting lineup.
Smush Parker asked his current team, Peristeri, to be released from his contract. The Greek team is expected to let him go.
Smush Parker will not play in TB2L with Selcuk Universitesi because his former team, Peristeri, did not give him the letter of clearance. Parke started the season with Cibona on a one-month contract. Left Croatia, Parker moved to Peristeri where he was averaging 15.3ppg in 4 games. Parker left the Greek team for Turkey but Peristeri refused to release the LOC.
Ex-NBA Player Smush Parker will be announced today as a Cibona Zagreb player. Smush is well-known for his NBA days with the Los Angeles Lakers has their starting point guard on their least relevant seasons but especially for his feud with Kobe Bryant from a long time.
One thing from Bryant recently disturbed me, however. Speaking of how he “almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team,” Bryant added, “What was I supposed to do, pass it to Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown?” This reminded me of a similar statement from a former ’90s era star. When asked by Fred Kerber of the New York Post why he was shooting so much, the former ’90s era star replied, “What am I supposed to do, pass the ball to Jamie Feick?” That former ’90s star was none other than Stephon Marbury, and Jamie Feick was sitting in the locker room 10 feet away when he said it. At least Bryant does his takedowns from afar.
Bryant laughed when relayed Parker’s comments. “I gave him his 30 minutes of fame,” Bryant said. “It’s all good. I wish him the best of luck. He’s playing in China, right? I wish him the best of luck. “Maybe he’ll get back to the NBA one day and see what it’s like up close again.”
Though Parker termed playing with Kobe “overrated,” he respects the five-time champion’s game. He just doesn’t like his personality. “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. “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.
Parker played in China the last two seasons and says he’s preparing for another season there in December. What was his response to Kobe bringing up his name on Wednesday? “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.
Parker, who’s currently hooping overseas, says his stats prove he was far from “the worst” … as Kobe claims … and adds, “People lie, numbers don’t.”
Parker’s never explained what he meant by that, but now tells us … Kobe “told me out of his own mouth that I couldn’t talk to him. That my accolades under my belt weren’t deserving enough for me to talk to him.” He also says Kobe didn’t talk to most of his teammates.
“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 described Kobe as someone who kept to himself. He says while he was on the Lakers, he never saw Kobe make an attempt to develop any kind of friendship with any one of his teammates. “On road trips, he traveled with his security guards. Those were the guys he talked to. On the team plane, he sat in the back of the plane by himself.”
“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.”
“Basketball is a team sport. It is team-oriented. It is 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. And he did not do that at all.”
Despite the number of seasons and NBA championships that have gone by, Bryant still bristles when he thinks of the 2005-06 season. “I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s 93-75 exhibition loss to Portland. “I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it to Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown.”
“We are competing with a Puerto Rican team for Allen Iverson. There is a big chance for us to land him” said Jorge Hernandez, owner of Guaros de Lara, to El Nacional. “Our offer to the player is very imporant but we are not revealing it until the deal is close. All the coaching staff is excited to have Allen Iverson in the roster” added Hernandez.
Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara, after the signing of former NBA Smush Parker, made an important offer for Allen Iverson. The negotiations with Greg Moore, Iverson’s agent, are going further and the offer is better than the one from Indios de Mayaguez, the Puerto Rican team interested in A.I, according to the Venezuelan team.
Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara announced the signing of Smush Parker. Former NBA player comes from Petrochimi in Iran where he has played the WABA League averaging 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.7apg in 3 games.