Smush Parker fired back at ex-teammate Kobe Bryant. (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Bryant yesterday ripped Parker's lack of talent, going so far as to saying the point guard cost Bryant the 2005-06 MVP trophy to new teammate Steve Nash.
"I tell Steve, you won MVP but I was playing with Smush Parker," Bryant said before the Lakers' 93-75 exhibition loss Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. "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."
Parker fired back on Thursday:
“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….
“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.”