Jan 22, 2014; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils Miami Hurricanes in the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant refused to talk to Smush Parker during practice


Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players of his generation. He’s won 5 championships, as well as garnering a plethora of other accolades such as MVP awards, All-Star appearances, scoring titles, etc., etc.

He can also be a huge jerk. Throughout his whole career we’ve heard stories about Kobe being rude and condescending to teammates. We’ve seen it on the court with the looks he’ll give a teammate after a mistake or the way he’ll yell at someone on the bench when something doesn’t go right. Then there’s the stories about him off court or at practice doing the same or even worse. Sure, it shows his all-or-nothing devotion to winning, but just because you want to win really bad doesn’t mean you just have a free pass to act horribly towards other people.

One of his favorite targets, as we’ve heard throughout the years, was Smush Parker. Undrafted out of Fordham, Parker bounced all around the world looking for places to play. From 2005-2007 he hooked on with the Los Angeles Lakers, much to the chagrin of Kobe, who was often mean to Parker.

Talking to Dan LeBatard and Bomani Jones on ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Parker reiterated just exactly how Kobe would belittle him during practice. According to Parker, he wasn’t even allowed to talk to Kobe.

From Pro Basketball Talk via ESPN’s Highly Questionable

He told me one day at practice – I tried to talk to him outside of basketball, about football. And he looked at me in practice and was dead serious and said, ‘You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.

None of this is really surprising, just another example of the terrible ways in which Kobe treats the people around him.


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  • jagwad

    Kobe is a doucheturd.

    • pawg.hunter

      you probably are too

  • Fangface

    @jackmaloney.. You Kobe haters crack me up. One of the worst lakers in laker history says something about Kobe and you jump all over it. Laker Nation doesn’t care!!!

  • niner559

    Maybe, just maybe, you have to earn kobe’s respect smush and you just didnt. I doubt he wants to talk football with you, kobe wants rings. I hear from some players that kobe is this and I hear from other teammates that he is a great teamate. My guess is, depends how much you show him on the court.

  • JoeDaBeast

    This article seems like it is trying to generate some controversial dialogue, without much journalistic effort.