|Kobe says Smush was "the worst." (Getty Images|
Kobe Bryant wasn't mincing his words when it came to talking about former teammate Smush Parker.
"[He was] the worst," Bryant told the O.C. Register. "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."
That 2005-06 season was certainly one of the most trying of Bryant's career. The Lakers went 45-37, finishing seventh in the West and losing in the opening round of the playoffs in seven games to the Suns.
Bryant averaged a career-high 27.2 shots per game, averaged a career-high 35.4 points per game and played a career-high 41.0 minutes per game. He doesn't think fondly about those days.
So what is Parker up to these days? He spent five seasons in the NBA (two with the Lakers) and was last seen with the Heat in 2007-08. Parker then played a little in the D-League, then in China, then went to Greece and most recently in the Iranian Basketball Super League and now is back in China.