A former Lakers teammate with whom Kobe Bryant waged a war of words hoped to make up for it.
Now Smush Parker, a Brooklyn-born player who played at Fordham and was Bryant's teammate for two seasons, regrets not squeezing his beef with Bryant, who was killed in a 41-year helicopter accident on Sunday.
"I was hoping for an opportunity to actually sit down or cross our paths so that we could have a physical and verbal dialogue," Parker, who was Bryant's deputy in the Lakers back yard from 2005 to 2007, told TMZ. "There were many sneaky shots that were fired from both directions. It is unfortunate that I cannot get this opportunity now. "
Parker once said that playing with Bryant and the Lakers is an "overrated" experience, "because everyone thinks playing with Kobe Bryant is the best since slicing bread if it isn't. "
In 2012, Bryant Parker ripped as "the worst". He shouldn't have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay a point guard. So we let him go on. "
"With Smush Parker and Kwame Brown in my team, I almost won an MVP," Bryant added. "I've shot 45 times per game. What should I have done? Pass it on to Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown. "
Parker, 38, would like to personally apologize to Bryant.
"If I could speak to him verbally, I would verbally apologize to him," Parker said. “It is the best thing a man can do for another man when he looks a man in the eye and takes his own mistakes into account in a problem. I was wrong and I'm sorry. "