Kobe Bryant and Smush Parker had a major feud, and everyone knew about it. While they were both on the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe was never happy with Smush.
Even after Kobe retired, he still had a strong negative opinion about Smush Parker. In a 2019 interview with The Corp With A-Rod and Big Cat, Kobe said that he wouldn’t trust Parker even if three players were guarding him.
Kobe Bryant on Smush Parker
“Well, it depends on the team. If I got Smush Parker lagging behind me to shoot, you best believe I’m shooting the m***********,” Kobe said.
Parker played for the Lakers from 2005 to 2007. In his first season, he scored 11.5 points, had 3.7 assists, and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per game. The following season, he averaged 11.1 points and remained a starter. However, Kobe wasn’t happy with him and said in 2012 that he didn’t think Parker was good enough for the NBA.
“[Parker] shouldn’t have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on,” he said.
Towards the end of his Lakers career, Parker had problems with both the players and the coaches. After the 2006-07 season, he was no longer part of the Lakers team.
Smush Parker on Kobe embarrassing him
Smush Parker talked about the time when Kobe Bryant embarrassed him shortly after he joined the Lakers. In an open interview with ESPN, Parker shared that story.
“One day in practice I tried to talk to Kobe outside of basketball about football. He looked at me dead serious and said, ‘You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come to talk to me,'” he said.
Kobe wanted his teammates to give their all every day, even if it meant sacrificing some friendships along the way. Throughout his incredible career, however, this strategy helped him get the results he desired.