HoopsHype Smush Parker rumors


October 12, 2012 Updates

“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.” Larry Brown Sports

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. TMZ.com

October 11, 2012 Updates
February 9, 2012 Updates

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. Sportando

"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. Sportando

February 8, 2012 Updates

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. Sportando

January 10, 2012 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Former NBA player Smush Parker signed in Iran with Petro and will play WABA with the team. Petro also signed Joseph Forte Twitter

October 7, 2011 Updates

Kobe Bryant: “I got to say, it was tough doing it that year. I was playing with guys, God bless them — God bless them — but Kwame Brown. Smush Parker. We had one game right before…by the way, what I say here, I say directly to them, see what I’m saying, I don’t talk behind people’s back. Things that I say to you, I’m comfortable saying this to them and I’ve said this to them...But like, the game before we traded for Pau, were playing Detroit and I had like 40 points towards the end of the game. This is back when Detroit had Rasheed [Wallace], Chauncey [Billups] and those guys, so we had no business being in the game. So down the stretch of the game, they put in a box and one. So I’m surrounded by these players, Detroit players, and Kwame is under the basket, all by himself. Literally, like all by himself. So I pass him the ball, he bobbled it and it goes out of bounds. Washington Post

Kobe Bryant: “So we go back to the timeout and I’m [upset], right? He goes, ‘I was wide open.’ ‘Yeah, I know.’ This is how I’m talking to him, like, during the game. I said, ‘You’re going to be open again, Kwame, because Rasheed is just totally ignoring you.’ He said, ‘Well, if I’m open don’t throw it to me.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ He said, ‘Don’t throw it to me.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, well, ‘I’m nervous. If I catch it and he foul me, I won’t make the free throws.’ I said, ‘Hell no!’ “I go to Phil [Jackson], I say, ‘Hey Phil, take him out of the game.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, let him figure it out.’ So, we lose the game, I go the locker room, I’m steaming. Steaming. I’m furious. Then, finally I get a call, they said, ‘You know what, we got something that’s happening with Pau.’ I was like, ‘Alright. Cool.’…That’s what I had to deal with the whole year.” Washington Post

April 8, 2011 Updates
February 1, 2011 Updates

I realize nobody has really thought about Smush Parker since he started 80 games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2006-07 season, but when HoopsHype posted the above pictures Parker on Twitter, I figured it was time to catch up with him once again. Parker is currently playing for Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece -- replacing former Gonzaga guard Matt Bouldin after he tested positive for a banned supplement -- and scored 26 points in 30 minutes for his debut on Saturday. So, even though he's a bit out of shape, it seems he can still score (and doesn't even have the turnover problems he did in the D-League!). Ridiculous Upside

December 28, 2010 Updates

To replace Steve Francis, Beijing Ducks are eyeing Smush Parker. Former Lakers player is now in Russia with Spartak SPB but is having problems to have space in the rotation of the team. Sportando

November 22, 2010 Updates

Smush Parker(1.93-PG) seems to have been offered to Aris according to basketnet.gr and newspaper Athlitika Nea. The former Los Angeles Lakers player started the season in Spartak St. Petersburg but clashed horns with head coach Svi Sherf who in the process, sidelined him and Anton Ponkrashov seems to be the starting PG for the Russian team. Parker wants to leave and they want to get rid of him so everyone wins.. The Hoop

November 12, 2010 Updates

Jason Rabedeaux: Because China is so totally obsessed with the NBA, each team tries to obtain the biggest name possible… Last year, for example, former NBA’ers Stephon Marbury, Donnell Harvey, Rodney White, David Harrison, Sean Williams and Smush Parker dotted CBA rosters. Late in the year there was talk of Allen Iverson joining the league. Chinese teams will pay big money to attract this type of talent, but as many players quickly find out, nothing is guaranteed in China and contracts can be broken in a heartbeat. When dealing with a Communist-based country, proceed with caution. HoopsHype

September 4, 2010 Updates

Smush Parker, former player of Lakers, Pistons and Cavaliers, among other NBA teams, will continue his career in Russia. Spartak St. Petersburg has officially announced the signing to a one-year contract fo the 29-year-old American guard, who played last season in the Chinese league. Parker averaged 18.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game in the CBA for Guandong. thehoopsmarket.com

August 7, 2010 Updates

Smush Parker has enjoyed his time overseas, but that doesn’t mean he is completely content. The former Fordham University standout spent the last two seasons playing with the Guandong Southern Tigers Hongyuan of the Chinese Basketball Association where he won two championships. Parker talked about dealing with the language barrier playing in China, where very few people on the mainland speak English. “I’m used to being away from home, but it was an adjustment because I wasn’t able to talk to anybody,” he said. “At the same time I had a job to do.” New York Post

Parker would be OK with playing overseas again, but really wants another crack at the NBA. He spent five seasons in the league playing for six different teams, his last stint was with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007-08. “It’s about playing at the top level of basketball that there is,” Parker said after scoring 20 points for the X-Men in a semifinal loss Tuesday at Nike Pro City. “I feel like I can play at that level and I’ve proven myself. It’s just about trying to get back.” New York Post

“I’m just going to let the chips fall where they may,” the 29-year-old Parker said. “I’m going to end up at somebody’s veteran camp and try to make the team.” New York Post

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