Remember Smush Parker? Besides famously being thrown off of the Miami Heat for fighting with a female valet attendant over a lousy twelve bucks, he was also the starting point guard for the Lakers during two of their worst seasons in recent memory -- 2006 and 2007.
You'd think that since Smush is now out of the NBA, he'd look back on his time playing for one of the league's most storied franchises fondly, right? Not so much. In the following interview, Parker says playing for the Lakers was "overrated," and says any problems he had with the team started and ended with Kobe Bryant.
Now of course, Parker isn't the first player to say that Bryant wasn't the best teammate or the most fun to play with. But maybe Kobe had a reason for not being super-friendly to Smush: because he's a terrible basketball player.
It's possible that Parker is just being honest here, wearing his emotions on his sleeve and telling us how he truly feels. But coming from a scrub player that's not even in the league anymore, it comes across as sour grapes more than anything else.
[via The OC Register's Lakers Blog]