Great Things That Really Happened: Smush Parker Was Told To His Face By Kobe Bryant That He Can’t Talk To Him
This is the split in the road. If you hate Kobe Bryant for being a self-righteous, pompous, cocky dictator whose right hand is stuck on auto-shoot, then this is all the more reason to continue hating him. If you love Kobe Bryant for being a self-confident, tenacious, honest leader who doesn’t take shit from out-of-the-league scrubs, then this is all the more reason to continue loving him. This is the litmus test.
If you know me you know I’m a Kobe fan. Hearing that he literally told Smush to his face to not talk to him is one of the most hilariously gangster basketball moments I can imagine. And don’t feel bad — it’s hard to even fathom all the stress Jellybean Jr. was under at that time. Having to lead a team with Smush Parker, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom, and Kwame Brown to the playoffs? That should’ve been worth two MVPs.
In conclusion: shut up, Smush. Seriously, shut up and don’t look at me in the eyes.