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Kobe Bryant: I gave Smush Parker his little 30 minutes of fame

Kobe Bryant responded to former teammate Smush Parker, who blasted him on an Internet radio show Thursday night, allowing the beef between the players to remain in the news cycle for another 24 hours.

The sour feelings between the two go back to their days together on the Lakers from 2005-2007. Parker says Bryant treated him disrespectfully, so in return, he stopped passing Bryant the ball. Parker also apparently irritated Bryant by trashing the five-time champion in a 2009 interview.

On Wednesday, Bryant ripped into Smush and several other former Lakers teammates unprompted. Parker joined Hard 2 Guard radio on Thursday to defend himself and criticize Bryant.

At Lakers practice on Friday, Kobe said he saw Parker’s response, and was asked for his reaction.

“I was devastated,” Bryant said sarcastically, via the LA Times.

“There’s really nothing else to say. I said what I had to say.

“I gave him his little 30 minutes of fame again,” Bryant said, putting down Parker once again.

Kobe finally decided to put on a straight face and speak maturely about Parker.

“I wish him the best of luck. He’s playing China right now, right? I wish him the best of luck. Maybe he can get back to the NBA one day, see what it’s like up-close again.”

I’m guessing that will be the end of the back-and-forth between the two. That is, unless one of them decides to speak up again, which you can never count out.

History of the Kobe-Smush Parker beef
Smush Parker: Playing with Kobe was Overrated
Kobe Bryant rips ex-Lakers; Smush Parker responds
Smush Parker: Kobe was a bad teammate, and I stopped passing to him

Smush Parker: Kobe was a bad teammate, and I stopped passing to him

Smush Parker responded at length to Kobe Bryant on Thursday, defending his credentials as a basketball player while saying that Kobe was a bad teammate who never made him feel welcome on the Lakers.

Bryant ripped Parker and some other former Lakers teammates in some unprompted comments on Wednesday.

Parker joined Hard 2 Guard Radio Thursday to address Kobe’s comments.

The former Laker shared plenty of stories, and says he went wrong because he didn’t bow down to Kobe. He says he even stopped passing Bryant the ball during his second season on the team.

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?

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Kobe Bryant rips ex-Lakers; Smush Parker responds

Kobe Bryant ripped into his ex-Lakers teammates from the franchise’s dark years, and one of those players, Smush Parker, has fired back in response.

Kobe Bean was talking about the MVP voting for the ’05-’06 season in which he averaged a career high 35.4 points per game but finished fourth. His current teammate Steve Nash won MVP that season with Phoenix, and Nash’s Suns beat the Lakers in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.

“I tell Steve, you won MVP but I was playing with Smush Parker,” Bryant said on Wednesday. “He’s playing with [Leandro] Barbosa. I’m playing with Smush and Kwame [Brown]. My goodness.

“Smush Parker was the worst,” Bryant said. “He shouldn’t have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on.”

Bryant was then asked about the criticism he faced for ballhogging during those seasons.

“Smush Parker, with Tierre Brown as the backup,” said Bryant, laughing. “I’m taking 45 shots a game. What was I supposed to do, pass the ball in to Chris Mihm? Chris Mihm?”

Bean also ridiculed the Philadelphia 76ers for signing Kwame Brown to a two-year $6 million deal in the offseason.

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Beijing Ducks May Target Smush Parker to Replace Steve Francis

Smush Parker. Yes, that Smush Parker. The one who had a bout with a parking attendant and the same one who called out Kobe Bryant may actually be a savior for a Chinese basketball team. The Beijing Ducks are looking at Smush to replace fellow American Steve Francis according to Sportando via Ben Maller.

Franchise is leaving his Chinese team after playing just four of their 32 games. He reportedly only saw 14 minutes and showed up out of shape (SHOCKER! I know). Francis reportedly admitted Monday that he was not physically prepared to help the team and that’s a big reason he decided to leave.

Being overweight and unprepared to play seems to be a common occurrence for Francis. It’s one of the reasons the Rockets got rid of him and one of the reasons the Grizzlies did too. As well as Francis started off his career in the NBA, it’s hard to believe this is what’s become of the three-time All-Star.

Smush Parker: Playing with Kobe was Overrated, Playing with Shaq was Great

If ever there was an NBA player that embodied the term “knucklehead,” Smush Parker would be it. The guy was pretty much a joke of a player, especially for one who started at point guard in back-to-back seasons for the Lakers a few years ago, getting around 30 minutes per game. He tried a rapping career off the court which busted, and he’s been known to have serious struggles with valet from time-to-time. That’s why we take what he says with a grain of salt, including his remarks on this MSG program. Skip to the 40 second mark for the juicy stuff. (transcription below in case you can’t watch it)

Now just because he’s a bad player who’s currently unemployed doesn’t mean what he said wasn’t true. It probably is how he feels considering he was complimentary about Phil Jackson. The transcription of his remarks is below, and thanks to FanHouse for the video.

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Smush Parker Struggles With Valet

The ubiquitous SpinMax, who also happens to be the biggest Oklahoma fan in the world this week, emails in with this great story. Not to be outdone by Chris Henry, Heat guard Smush Parker got involved in an altercation with a valet parker this week.

Yomaira McKenzie, 41, said Parker ”lost it” Tuesday morning when he was asked to pay the $12 valet parking charge he allegedly owed at a condo building at 355 Biscayne Blvd. McKenzie is an assistant manager at Standard Valet, which services the building.

According to a Miami police incident report, Parker, 26, claimed he had paid the fee in advance a night earlier. He said he did not have any available cash to pay Tuesday.

Tension apparently escalated when Parker, denied his keys until he settled the debt, allegedly pushed a valet podium and grabbed McKenzie’s arm in an attempt to get his keys, according to the incident report.

As someone who never carries more than $20 in their wallet at any given moment, I feel for Smush. But come on, is that really a reasonable way to react to the inability to pay a fee, even if you had paid it the previous night? Violence is not the answer to all life’s problems, Smush. On the bright side, at least he didn’t go to the “don’t you know who I am?” card.

(photo from Flickr)

Smush Parker Has a Rap Song

We already know how much of a hit at the stores the Troy Hudson rap album was. Maybe somebody thought they would take a cue from Troy when they created the Smush Parker rap song. The words come from my buddy Chris, in an email that states it perfectly:

I was shocked to see Smush Parker had signed with a new team.

Even more shocked to find his new team was in this country.

Even more schocked still to see it was not one of the many fine semi
pro leagues here.

With out further ado, to celebrate this occasion, please enjoy,

The Smush Parker Song

Language not safe for work, but we already told you it was a rap song, right?

Poor guy, now he’s going to have to change the intro.

Other Rapping Athletes:
Tony Parker