In a piece of lighter news, former NBA player Smush Parker claimed to have “destroyed” San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker when they played each other.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has been around the NBA since 2001, when he came in as a second-round draft pick. He immediately went into the starting lineups and contributed toward four championships. These teams were among the best in the 2000’s and dominated the Western Conference.
Among the teams, the Spurs didn’t have to contend against in the mid-2000’s was the Los Angeles Lakers, post-Shaquille O’Neal and before Pau Gasol arrived via trade. These teams were led by Kobe Bryant, but without much around him.
A member of Bryant’s supporting cast was Smush Parker, who started 162 games from 2005-07 with the Lakers. That means plenty of Parker on Parker matchups happened.
Recently on The Premium Pete Show (h/t Pounding the Rock), Smush claimed he had his way against Tony, using the word “destroyed” to describe how effective he was against the Frenchman. However, Smush said Tony wasn’t in full form at the time:
[I] gave Tony Parker buckets because he has my last name.
I destroyed Tony Parker when I played against him. He was too small.
You know what? Tony Parker wasn’t the Tony Parker that he is or was later in his career when I played against him.
Pounding the Rock also had the Parker vs. Parker numbers lined up, which shows the Spurs point guard as the “winner” of the two in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, rebounds, assists and points. So, it wasn’t close.
Maybe it was a dream or in NBA 2K? Who knows, but the numbers don’t add up to Smush’s “destruction” of Tony. It was a landslide difference, so maybe he meant someone else?
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Smush played five seasons in the NBA for six teams, most notably on the Lakers, where he averaged 11.3 points per game over two seasons. Other time was spent on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles Clippers.