( 4UMF NEWS ) Kobe Names Worst Laker Ever:
During the 2005-06 season, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant averaged a career best 35.4 points per game, an astounding number only slightly pumped up by his famous 81-point outburst midway through that very potent season. Though the Lakers were downed in the first round, the campaign should have served at the very least as a personal highlight for Kobe, especially as he was back to working with coach Phil Jackson after the head man was exiled from the team during the 2004-05 campaign.
Instead, Kobe’s still a little chippy about the lineups that surrounded him during that 45-win season. Up to and including calling former starting point guard Smush Parker “the worst,” just before Wednesday night’s exhibition loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. From Janis Carr at the Orange County Register:
“I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s 93-75 exhibition loss to Portland. “I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it to Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown?”
Bryant continued, taking aim at his favorite whipping boy, Parker, calling him “the worst. He shouldn’t have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. So we let him walk on.”
Damn, dude. Daaaamn. Great players don’t usually mind making indirect references to when their lives were tougher while working amongst less-heralded teammates — “we’ve come a long way”-sort of nonsense. But rarely do you see players go on record with names like Kobe just did.