After Kobe Bryant labelled former team-mate Smush Parker “the worst” earlier on this week & also went on to say that “He shouldn’t have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. So we let him walk on.”, the perennially bashed former Lakers guard has decided to fire back at Kobe.
A couple of days ago, Parker went onto the Hard 2 Guard program on Blog Talk Radio to speak about his time playing alongside Kobe Bryant at the Lakers & discuss the comments made by the 5 time NBA Champion.
Parker stated that “You can’t knock the man’s legacy, you can’t knock what he’s done in basketball.”
then went onto say “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 doesn’t believe that he deserves the harsh critisism from Kobe. During the 2005-06 season, he averaged 11.5ppg & 3.7apg. The following year, Parker ageraged 11.1ppg & 2.8apg.
“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 backcourt with him. Like Jay-Z says, people lie, numbers don’t. Just go to the stats,” Parker said.
“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.”
Parker seems as surpried as anyone that the man who’s won 2 NBA titles, 2 Olympic Gold Medals, 1 MVP & 2 Finals MVP’s since he left the team still speaks about his time there…
“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.”