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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”