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  1. Smush Parker: Kobe Bryant refused to talk to me during Lakers practices

    Jun 5, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Newsflash: Kobe often treats his teammates poorly

  2. Smush Parker says he stopped passing Kobe Bryant the ball

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant reverted to one of his favorite past times the other day, smacking around Smush Parker like his own personal piñata. He said Smush shouldn’t have been in the NBA but the Lakers were cheap and “let him walk on.” Which is how it felt. But Smush — playing in China the past couple…

  3. Kobe doesn’t really miss Smush Parker, Kwame Brown

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant sounds like a professional poker player here — even guys sitting around wearing World Series of Poker bracelets will remember and talk about their bad beats more eagerly than their tournament wins. Kobe has spent his career playing with Shaquille O’Neal, Glenn Rice, Robert Horry, Pau Gasol, and now Steve Nash and Dwight…

  4. Quote of the Day: Kobe loves Fisher, taking shots at Smush

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    “You mean when I was throwing to Smush? I shot w/ three mother **** on me. That’s the difference. Now I only shoot w/ one, maybe two.” —Kobe Bryant, on whether he missed Derek Fisher when he left the Lakers in 2004 (via the LA Times Mark Medina on twitter. Fisher stepped up and hit the…

  5. Kobe Bryant gets really mean with his Lakers ‘teammates’

    Mar 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Nick Young

    So says Nick Young, who has probably given Kobe so many headaches this year.

  6. Today is anniversary of Kobe’s 81 point game, why not relive it? (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic, 2009 NBA Finals

    It was Jan. 22, 2006. The Lakers were actually struggling against the Toronto Raptors, trailing by 14 at the half on their home court. This was a Lakers team that started Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (I still say getting this team to the playoffs was one of Phil Jackson’s great coaching jobs), so if…

  7. Kobe Bryant admits to self-doubt? Well, as close as he will ever get.

    Oct 7, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Part of the reason Kobe Bryant is Kobe Bryant is an unwavering self-confidence — he has put in the work, he believes in what he can do and sometimes that means he trusts himself shooting a contested shot over a double team than it does hitting the open man (when that man was Smush Parker,…

  8. Phil Jackson compares how Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant treated teammates

    May 16, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    File photo of Lakers' Bryant yells out in the 4th quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Nuggets

    One thing that made Michael Jordan so great was his ability to make his teammates better. Like all superstars, Jordan attracted attention on the court, and that gave the Bulls’ other players room to operate. But unlike, say, Magic Johnson, Jordan didn’t necessarily excel at setting up those open teammates, at least relative to his…

  9. Is the Lakers biggest problem really Kobe Bryant? No.

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Lakers Bryant reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the 76ers during their NBA game in Philadelphia

    While Steve Nash and Pau Gasol were out, Kobe Bryant has carried the Lakers. He is leading the league with 29.5 points per game, scoring more points per game than he has since before Pau Gasol arrived as a Laker. Back when Kobe had to carry Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (remember they both started).…

  10. Kobe Bryant posts about leadership on FaceBook

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has been accused of being a bad teammate for his behavior by Smush Parker, who Bryant said was a bad teammate because he sucked. In response, Bryant has posted on FaceBook a brief message about leadership. It is one of the most Bryant things you’ll read, even if his publicist team likely wrote…

  11. Kobe doesn’t get why Philly paid Kwame Brown so much

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Kwame-Brown

    This summer, desperate for a center and before they traded for Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers reached a deal with Kwame Brown. He makes $2.8 million this year, $2.9 next season if Brown picks up his player option. Which he will. So Kwame Brown will pocket just shy of $6 million. A lot of people…

  12. Sixers coach Collins: Kwame Brown is our starting center

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    Sorry Sixers fans. I know I tried to defend the Kwame Brown signing to a degree, because he’s an average NBA journeyman center and you are paying him like one. It’s not a bad deal and if he’s playing 15 minutes a night off the bench. But if he is the starting five… well, that’s…

  13. Video: Jeremy Lin crosses John Wall, then throws it down

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    LIN-SANITY!! Jeremy Lin has some game. I know, I’ve been one of the guys trying to apply some breaks to the runaway Jeremy Lin train, because I’ve seen this movie before (there was a time Lakers fans were convinced Smush Parker was the future). But I also will admit that he has some moves, attacks…

  14. Can Kobe keep scoring like this? Is it good for the Lakers?

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    It’s the question Lakers fans are asking Thursday — can Kobe Bryant sustain this? He scored 48 against the Suns Tuesday and 40 against the Jazz and long-time nemesis Raja Bell on Wednesday. Kobe now leads the NBA averaging 30.3 points per game. He is using nearly 40 percent of the Lakers possessions when he…

  15. Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof. Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around. By the way, West apologized for his…

  16. Kobe shooting woes sign of changes coming to Lakers

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant looks on against the New York Knicks during second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant was ice cold last night, shooting 6-of-28. That of course has led to the standard black or white Kobe discussion on the internet — his defenders act as if he can do no wrong, his detractors think he shoots for his ego not because he’s one of the game’s great all time shooters.…

  17. Kobe Bryant tells a story that sums up Kwame Brown

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kwame-Brown

    Kobe Bryant finally won his NBA MVP trophy during the 2007-08 season. But frankly he deserved it more the couple years before that. If you watched the post Shaq-trade Lakers, Kobe carried that team. Bynum was raw and learning, Lamar Odom was inconsistent (some things never change) and Kobe dragged a team that STARTED Kwame…

  18. Watch Kobe score 81 — the NBA 2K11 version

    Aug 2, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    bryant-81

    It was a nondescript Monday in January that turned into a night that helped define legend of Kobe Bryant. The Lakers were struggling against the woeful Toronto Raptors and Kobe decided to put the team on his back, got on a role like no other, and dropped 81 points in one game. We want you…

  19. RetroBall: Rockets-Lakers ’07 and the night Yao stood too tall for Kobe

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  20. Coach K almost came to Lakers in 2004; will not now

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Phil Jackson is going to walk away from the Lakers after this season, whether he makes it an even dozen rings or not. Brian Shaw is your front-runner. He almost certainly will be the head coach for the Lakers next season. But there will be rumors. Like Kurt Rambis (if he is let go in…

  21. Kobe "grateful" that he doesn't have to worry about free agency

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    While LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Bosh are all trying to figure out where they’re going to be playing next year, Kobe Bryant is focusing on the task at hand: trying to get his fifth career NBA Championship ring. Kobe doesn’t have any decisions to make after the series, having signed a…

  22. Nets join Bulls, also reach out to Phil Jackson through back door channels

    May 25, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 7:04 pm: Rod Thorn, the man with the power in New Jersey, said, “are you kidding me?” Well, not exactly those words, but that is basically what he told FanHouse. “It’s not true,” Thorn said Tuesday in an interview with FanHouse about an ESPN report that said the Nets have made “back-channel inquires” about…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe is hurt, Grant Hill is old. One will key a win tonight

    May 17, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Through the years, the one constant in the Lakers/Suns battles is that the Suns never really stopped Kobe Bryant. Raja Bell did a respectable job, but those were the days Kobe had to keep gunning because his other options were pass to Smush Parker or pass to Kwame Brown. Better to shoot over the triple…

  24. Bryant knows Wade's pain, also knows irony

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant has been there. He’s played Atlas with the Lakers world on his shoulders. Dude carried a team that started Smush Parker and Kwame Brown to the playoffs. That, frankly, was his MVP year. He looks at Dwyane Wade and understands. “He had 14 assists, but there’s still too much on him,” Bryant said…

  25. Gary Vitti: Lakers trainer, travel agent

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    When Magic Johnson twisted an ankle on the court, Gary Vitti was there to help him. For the past 26 years, Vitti has been the team trainer and has helped every Laker player. Even Smush Parker. That’s a full time job, right? Heading a five-person training staff, dealing with team doctors and management, working with…

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