Kobe Bryant on Smush Parker: He Shouldn’t Have Been in the NBA but We Were too Cheap to Pay for a PG

| by Alex Groberman

Kobe Bryant desperately wanted to be the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers when he and Shaquille O’Neal were winning three consecutive championships together. Because he was such a competitor, and because his desire to be the best player ever was so great, the prospect of being Shaq’s sidekick absolutely killed him inside.

Unfortunately, when Kobe did finally inherit his very own Lakers team in 2004-05, it wasn’t the sort of team had been using to playing with. Ditto for the 2005-06 Lakers, 2006-07 Lakers and 2007-2008 Lakers, actually. In 2008 Pau Gasol arrived and things got a lot better; however, for three years, Kobe had to deal with a terrible squad.

And apparently he hasn’t forgotten how much that sucked.

On Wednesday night, before the Lakers suited up to play a preseason game versus the Portland Trail Blazers, Kobe fondly recalled those wonderful days when he was jacking up 27 shots per game and his team was barely making the playoffs.

Via Arash Markazi:

Kobe Bryant is at his sarcastic, snarky best when he is talking about the 2005-2007 Lakers.

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 11, 2012

Kobe Bryant: "I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team."

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 11, 2012

Kobe Bryant: "Smush Parker was the worst. He shouldn't have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard."

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 11, 2012

Kobe can laugh about those days now as he looks around the locker room and sees Dwight, Nash, Gasol, MWP and Jamison.

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 11, 2012

Kobe Bryant: "I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it into Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown?"

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 11, 2012

Never change, Kobe.

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