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Smush Parker
Smush Parker
Position: None
Born: 06/01/81
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.7 kg.
Amid a predictable fare of drills and full-court scrimmages, it quickly became clear that some players had better odds than others of landing one of those precious camp invitations. Langdon, once a first-round N.B.A. draft choice who played in the N.B.A. and in Russia, identified one candidate with a unique background: Smush Parker, a former guard with the Lakers who has spent recent years circling the globe on a basketball odyssey. “I wanted to see the world,” Parker said. Parker, 35, most recently played for teams in Tunisia and Morocco. When he renewed his passport, the government sent him one with extra pages. But he now calls Brooklyn home — “I’m a five-minute bike ride from Barclays Center,” he said — and learned of the D-League tryout from his pastor, a big fan of the Brooklyn Nets. “I’m here on his blessings,” Parker said.
Parker said he had no idea that the Nets even had a D-League affiliate until his pastor broached the subject. But he saw the tryout as an opportunity to ultimately return to the N.B.A. “I know from experience that scouts and coaches at these things don’t really care if you can score the ball,” Parker said. “Nobody here is going to be Allen Iverson. Nobody is going to be Kevin Durant. When teams bring a player up from the D-League, they want someone who can fit the system, not someone who thinks they can come out and score 40 points.”
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.