Ex-LA Lakers guard punches high school TV star

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Former-LA Lakers loose cannon Smush Parker was once famously the victim of a viscous Kobe Bryant put-down - but it seems like he's been dishing out his own punishment recently.

Bryant described Parker, who he played alongside for the LA Lakers between 2005 and 2007, as "the worst" - a player who "shouldn't be in the NBA but we [LA Lakers] were too cheap to pay for a point guard."

He's been slowly making his way around the international basketball leagues, from Greece to China via Russia and Iran.

Now back in the United States, the New York Post reports that Smush landed himself in trouble during a pick-up game with high school basketball players in New York City.

Parker was reportedly defending Wolfgang Novogratz, a Brooklyn Poly Prep guard who is attracting attention in recruiting circles. The 6-ft-2-in Novogratz scored on back-to-back possessions against Parker, who returned the favour with a drive into the paint on the next offensive possession.

That was met by a hard foul, to which Parker reacted with a punch to the face. Classy.

And it turns out Novogratz features in some TV show on HGTV called "Home by Novogratz", which sounds like a kind of home improvement show involving his famous parents, and another on Bravo called "9 by Design".

Back to Smush and he's got history when it comes to this sort of thing - the Miami Heat waived him in 2008 after he got into an "altercation" with a car park staffer.

The LA Clippers handed him one last chance, but he was released in July 2008 and his next serious stint came after he moved to China to play for the Guangdong Southern Tigers the following year.


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