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Smush Parker regrets not mending his relationship with Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

One of Kobe Bryant’s longtime adversaries is speaking out in the wake of Bryant’s passing.

In an interview this week with TMZ, former Los Angeles Lakers guard Smush Parker said that he regrets not making amends with Bryant.

“I was hoping for an opportunity to really sit down or our paths to cross so we could physically and verbally have a dialogue,” said Parker, per Justin Tasch of the New York Post. “There was a lot of underhanded shots that were fired from both directions. It’s unfortunate that I’m not gonna be able to get that opportunity now.

“If I could verbally speak to him, I would verbally apologize to him,” Parker went on. “To be able to look a man in his eyes and take into account his own faults for an issue, is the greatest thing a man could do for another man, to look a man in his face and say, ‘You know what? I was wrong and I’m sorry.’”

Parker, now 38 years old, was teammates with Bryant on the Lakers for two seasons from 2005 to 2007. The two clashed both during and after that time with shots indeed being fired from both sides in the subsequent years.

Another one of Bryant’s ex-teammates has also spoken up about his regrets recently, which is to be expected after such a sudden and devastating loss.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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Smush Parker: Twitter account bashing Kobe is not mine


Smush Parker may have a negative history with Kobe Bryant, but the former Los Angeles Laker insists the Twitter account bearing his name that is bashing Kobe does not belong to him.

A Twitter account with the handle “@smushparker” sent a few tweets aimed at Kobe early Wednesday that went viral.

Smush Parker tweets

The tweets were the first ones sent from the account since 2014, making them highly suspicious. Only 109 tweets have been sent from the account total, and the account only has 607 followers — a very low amount for a former NBA player.

Unsurprisingly, Smush told TMZ Sports the account is not his.

“Its definitely not mines. I would love to have that account deactivated,” he said.

We tend to believe Parker. Not only does the account look fake, but as we’ve seen in the past, Parker has not problem speaking negatively about Kobe and attaching his name to the comments, as he did during this 2012 interview.

Parker spent five seasons in the NBA, including two with the Lakers from 2005-2007 when he teamed with Bryant.

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?


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.


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.