Kobe: Smush Parker Shouldn’t Have Been in the NBA

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Remember the 2005-06 season?

The starting lineup for the Lakers consisted of Smush Parker, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook, and Kwame Brown. Possibly the worst starting lineup in Lakers history.

Now in 2012-13 the Lakers have possibly the best starting lineup in franchise history. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard.

Bryant recently reflected on that time in Lakers history that most like to forget. (via Janis Carr of the OC 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 was referring to 2005-06 when the Lakers’ roster included Brian Cook, Stanislav Medvedenko, Devean George and Parker, Mihm and 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.”

In 2005-06 Parker was the 3rd highest scorer on the Lakers, behind Bryant and Odom, averaging 11.5 points per game. Which tells the whole story, when Smush Parker is your third highest scorer you have major problems.

We all also remember this video of Smush Paker trashing Bryant after Parker’s Laker career was over. However, I think we all know who had the last laugh.

David Brickley is a columnist for LakerNation.com and the host of Voice of the Nation, the most listened to Lakers podcast on the web. Find him on Twitter.