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October 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant always believed any passes he made to Smush Parker would go unfulfilled. But after Bryant dished at length this week about how Parker didn't belong in the NBA, his former teammate fired some shots back. “You can't knock the man's legacy, you can't knock what he's done in basketball," Parker told Hard 2 Guard Radio , as transcribed by Larry Brown Sports . "His work ethic is tremendous. There's not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball -- you've seen that throughout his career.
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April 18, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker. Perhaps for good reason. Parker, a former Laker, allegedly punched a 16-year-old in the jaw during a pickup basketball game, according to the New York Post.  Wolfgang Novogratz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore point guard at Brooklyn's Poly Prep, allegedly had to be taken to the hospital after the incident.  “Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush,” a source told the...
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October 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant struggled to contain his laughter. Following practice Friday at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, reporters wasted no time informing him that Smush Parker was offended about comments Bryant made regarding why his former teammate doesn't belong in the NBA. "There's really nothing else to say," Bryant said with a smirk. "I said what I had to say. " Bryant said plenty as he sat at his locker Wednesday before the Lakers' exhibition against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario.
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November 15, 2013
Smush Parker was the Lakers' point guard the last time the Timberwolves beat them? I've got news for you. Smush would start for this year's edition too. And he'd look so good next to the rest of the turkeys they've got playing that Bill Plaschke would be touting him for the All-Star game. Harry Turtledove Chatsworth :: Getting Steve Nash for two firsts and two seconds while paying him $18 million is the worst signing in the history of the franchise. In actuality, Nash cost them three first-round picks because the Lakers did not sign Ramon Sessions, who cost them one. Nash needs to do the right thing and either retire or accept a buyout.
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October 14, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant disliked Smush Parker, believing he lacked both the talent and work ethic to compete in the NBA. Parker disliked Bryant, feeling he hardly set up a positive atmosphere that would nurture such growth. On and on it went. Parker would call playing with Bryant from 2005 to 2007 "overrated. " Bryant would belittle Parker, taking the team's overwhelming majority of shots as if he had no choice. It continued this week with similar talking points. Even if Bryant refused to say much about Parker taking offense after Friday's practice, it's clear the Lakers star was biting his tongue.
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October 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he's watched Steve Nash throw crisp passes, direct the offense efficiently and take over the  ball-handling opportunities, Kobe Bryant admits: "I'm salivating. " Bryant knows Nash's presence will provide him easier scoring opportunities. It lessens his workload. It increases Bryant's chance to collect his sixth championship ring. Even though he's openly considering retiring once his contract expires after the 2013-14 season, Bryant may feel healthy and energetic enough to keep going because of Nash's arrival.
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April 18, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker. Perhaps for good reason. Parker, a former Laker, allegedly punched a 16-year-old in the jaw during a pickup basketball game, according to the New York Post.  Wolfgang Novogratz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore point guard at Brooklyn's Poly Prep, allegedly had to be taken to the hospital after the incident.  “Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush,” a source told the...
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October 13, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
One thing became clear in the second week of the Lakers' exhibition season: Smush happens. As if the revitalized Lakers lineup wasn't enough of a headline generator, former Laker Smush Parker fired back at Kobe Bryant after being verbally cuffed by him. Parker, starting point guard for the Lakers from 2005 through 2007, said Bryant was mean to his teammates. Or maybe just to Parker. "What I personally don't like about him is the man that he is, his personality, how he treats people," Parker told Hard 2 Guard radio.
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May 25, 2007
There were 4,082 votes cast in the most recent poll. You are the Lakers' general manager. Do you cut or keep guard Smush Parker? Cut him: 92.3% Keep him: 7.7% As we move through the Lakers' roster, here are the results so far -- Keep: Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar, Ronny Turiaf, Sasha Vujacic and Maurice Evans. Cut: Vladimir Radmanovic, Aaron McKie, Chris Mihm, Brian Cook, Shammond Williams and Smush Parker. * Up next: Do you cut or keep center Andrew Bynum?
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April 14, 2007
Smush Parker should watch and learn from his namesake who plays for San Antonio. Then I'm sure Phil Jackson would be more than happy to give him more playing time. WALTER HARRIS Santa Clarita
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October 20, 2012
We were told to give Mike Brown a break last year because he didn't have a full training camp. We were told to give him a break because the team wasn't afforded much practice time during the season. We were told to ignore that he never made adjustments or the perception that he had lost the team. I understand it's preseason, but what excuses does he have now? The Lakers look horrible.... With or without Dwight Howard, they should be playing better than this. Geno Apicella Placentia :: Now that we face this threatened Lakers viewing embargo, I've had to reconsider how many games I ever really watched anyway.
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October 14, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant disliked Smush Parker, believing he lacked both the talent and work ethic to compete in the NBA. Parker disliked Bryant, feeling he hardly set up a positive atmosphere that would nurture such growth. On and on it went. Parker would call playing with Bryant from 2005 to 2007 "overrated. " Bryant would belittle Parker, taking the team's overwhelming majority of shots as if he had no choice. It continued this week with similar talking points. Even if Bryant refused to say much about Parker taking offense after Friday's practice, it's clear the Lakers star was biting his tongue.
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October 13, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
One thing became clear in the second week of the Lakers' exhibition season: Smush happens. As if the revitalized Lakers lineup wasn't enough of a headline generator, former Laker Smush Parker fired back at Kobe Bryant after being verbally cuffed by him. Parker, starting point guard for the Lakers from 2005 through 2007, said Bryant was mean to his teammates. Or maybe just to Parker. "What I personally don't like about him is the man that he is, his personality, how he treats people," Parker told Hard 2 Guard radio.
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October 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant always believed any passes he made to Smush Parker would go unfulfilled. But after Bryant dished at length this week about how Parker didn't belong in the NBA, his former teammate fired some shots back. “You can't knock the man's legacy, you can't knock what he's done in basketball," Parker told Hard 2 Guard Radio , as transcribed by Larry Brown Sports . "His work ethic is tremendous. There's not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball -- you've seen that throughout his career.
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October 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Kobe Bryant struggled to contain his laughter. Following practice Friday at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, reporters wasted no time informing him that Smush Parker was offended about comments Bryant made regarding why his former teammate doesn't belong in the NBA. "There's really nothing else to say," Bryant said with a smirk. "I said what I had to say. " Bryant said plenty as he sat at his locker Wednesday before the Lakers' exhibition against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario.
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October 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Metta World Peace's mind keeps spinning. This time it has nothing to do with feeling confused in the Lakers' offense, lacking focus on the court or being his normally weird self. OK, the latter part isn't true. World Peace always loves to act like a goofball. World Peace seems confused this time for another reason. With Steve Nash dazzling Lakers fans with his no-look passes, crossover dribbles and quick understanding of the Lakers' offense, World Peace has trouble processing it all. "Half of the time, I don't get back on defense after we just scored," World Peace said.
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March 15, 2008
Smush Parker? Is it possible to make a worse choice for Clippers loyalists? Not only is he waived by the worst team in the league, he's an unworthy discard from Clippers fans' rival team. This deal has Baylor and Dunleavy written all over it. Who's next? Kwame Brown? Mark Matsuno Glendale
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April 22, 2006
The MVP award should go to the best player on a winning team. Kobe. The MVP award should go to the player who is most valuable to his team. Kobe. The MVP award should go to the player who had the best season. Kobe. The MVP award should go to the best player in the NBA. Kobe. No matter which way you break it down, Kobe Bryant should be the most valuable player. RAFAEL MEGHNAGI Venice I've finally reached my breaking point on the Kobe-bashing. Can the man do no right?
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October 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he's watched Steve Nash throw crisp passes, direct the offense efficiently and take over the  ball-handling opportunities, Kobe Bryant admits: "I'm salivating. " Bryant knows Nash's presence will provide him easier scoring opportunities. It lessens his workload. It increases Bryant's chance to collect his sixth championship ring. Even though he's openly considering retiring once his contract expires after the 2013-14 season, Bryant may feel healthy and energetic enough to keep going because of Nash's arrival.
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August 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 22nd post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Maurice Evans Former team: Washington Wizards Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The Lakers are fairly familiar with Evans, who wore the purple and gold during the 2006-07 season before being traded with Brian Cook to the Orlando Magic for Trevor Ariza. During Evan's brief stint, he provided the ingredients the Lakers want for Kobe Bryant's backup. He scored more than 20 points seven times.
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