Report: Kobe Made Smush Parker Get Dressed In Broom Closet

Grantland has gotten their hands on the NBA’s redacted scouting reports, and the Lakers report is a doozy.
According to a former Lakers staff member, Kobe Bryant was among other things, a guy who refused to learn his teammates names, and a basketball sociopath.
The tidbit from the report that is sure to cause conversation in NBA circles, is the report that Bryant disliked Smush Parker so much, that he made him get dressed in a broom closet, because “Parker would eventually have to get used to being around the things he would use when he became a janitor.”

Bryant’s dislike for Parker was strong, but I wonder if Smush ever had to see a therapist after the treatment he received from the ‘Black Mamba.”

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VIDEO: Watch Julius Randle go head-to-head with Jabari Parker at 2013 Nike tournament

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get excited about Julius Randle.
Randle is the highest Lakers draft pick since James Worthy was taken number one overall by the purple and gold in 1982, so having a talented, NBA-ready rookie on the team is something that Laker fans aren’t all that used to.
Although he was projected to go within the top five – and was even thought to be a top three pick at one point during the college season – the Lakers selected Randle with the seventh overall pick back in June.
In the Ball Is Life video below, Randle can be seen going up against the second overall pick in 2014, Jabari Parker. The footage is from a Nike tournament in March, 2013. According to Ball Is Life, Randle lead his team to victory with a stat line of 23 points (6-for-10 shooting from the field and 11-for-15 from the line), 13 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal, while Parker had 14 points (6-for-14 from the field), 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Randle will next face Parker and his new tea

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Milwaukee Bucks: The future is now with Parker and Antetokounmpo on board

Milwaukee Bucks fans should not just be excited that Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker are on the team now, but that they could stay on the team for a long time.
Milwaukee is not the most desirable city to play basketball, but Antetokounmpo and Parker have both expressed their feelings in sticking with the Bucks.
I’ll never leave the team and the city of Milwaukee till we build the team to a championship level team..
— GiannisAntetokounmpo (@G_ante34) July 17, 2014

In the world of sports today, it is common to see players of all caliber switching teams over the course of their careers. Antetokounmpo said that he will commit himself to improving the Bucks, which could certainly be a long and stressful process. This kind of commitment is not seen often in today’s sports, so having one of the Bucks’ young potential stars say this is a great thing for Bucks fans.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks had the 1st and 2nd picks respectively of the 2014 NBA draft. With the injury to Joel E

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Is Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker a Bigger Threat for Rookie of the Year?

They’re both set up nicely. Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker have to be considered front-runners for Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, and not just because they were the top-two picks in the draft. 

Wiggins and Parker are each in prime position, based on their teams’ rosters and rebuilding stages, to put up big numbers next season. And let’s face it—big numbers and stats hold the most value in the voting. 

Assuming Wiggins will be gunning for the award, you have to think he was somewhat pleased about the trade to Minnesota, where he’ll be featured in the offense instead of stuck behind three superstars. 

The trade certainly boosted his odds in the Rookie of the Year race, given the extra touches and playmaking opportunities he’ll receive. Someone is going to have to replace the 18.5 shots a game that Kevin Love took last year. 

And outside of Kevin Martin, who was already launching 15 attempts a game, there just aren’t many guys on Minnesota’s roster capable of creating their own shot from the wing. Wiggins should have a green light and plenty of opportunity to work one-on-one within the offense. 

Kansas never really gave him that opportunity, given the more structured style of play in college and the weapons Wiggins had around him. Yet he still managed to average 17.1 points on only 12.1 shots—even with an erratic jumper, loose handle and limited freedom. 

Regardless of how sharp his offensive game is or how many looks he gets, his superhero athleticism translates to a few easy buckets and free points a night, whether he’s skying over traffic to finish a lob, flying out on the break or slicing through the defense with a lights-out first step.

Wiggins took 20 free throws in one of his summer league contests. He’s just too quick on the perimeter and too explosive around the rim.

However, over the course of the past year, Wiggins’ ball skills and shot creativity have improved, from his step-back jumpers to his spin moves into floaters. Knocking them down with consistency will take time, but over the second half of last year and even in the Las Vegas Summer League, he’s looked a lot more comfortable and effective separating into clean, balanced shots. 

In terms of his fit in the lineup, there really aren’t many red flags. It can’t hurt to have one of the top passers on the planet in Ricky Rubio directing him at the point. And he won’t exactly have to compete with an All-Star for playing time at the 2 or 3 positions. 

Parker is looking at a similar situation in Milwaukee, where there isn’t an established pecking order or go-to guy in the offense. 

The Bucks finished No. 28 in points per game and No. 26 in offensive efficiency last season. I wouldn’t be surprised if Parker averaged over 35 minutes as a rookie playing for Jason Kidd, who’s going to need all the firepower he can get. 

And if there’s one thing we know about Parker, it’s that he can put the orange in the bucket.

For the first time in a while, Parker gives the Bucks an option to go to on the wing or in the post—someone outside of the point guard who’s capable of creating their own shot against a set defense. So his opportunities as a rookie scorer could be unlimited. 

Parker dropped 19.1 points a game last year at a 47.3 percent clip. Fall-aways, step-backs, spot-ups, power layups, coast-to-coast takes to the rack—between Parker’s sharp skills and versatility, he’s essentially a threat to score from any spot on the floor.

The long-term concern with Parker is that his limited burst will act as a weight that prevents him from busting through his ceiling, but short term he’s just too good to keep off the scoreboard. 

Two spotlight players on poor teams in small markets, both Wiggins and Parker have found themselves in pretty similar spots. 

While team records sometimes play a role in determining Rookie of the Year, it shouldn’t this year, considering the Bucks and Wolves are each likely to stink equally.

Unless Wiggins or Parker can carry their teams on a run, something I wouldn’t expect either of them to do, the award will probably come down to statistics. And if that’s the case, Parker should take it down. 

For what it’s worth, Bovada sportsbook lists Parker as the three-to-one favorite over Wiggins, who’s four to one. 

Parker’s presence on the boards and high-percentage offensive attack give him the edge over Wiggins, who’s more likely to struggle from the field as a 200-pound perimeter-oriented scorer. 

Wiggins shot just 40.5 percent on 2-of-13 from downtown during four games in Vegas. At Kansas, he made just 34.1 percent of his threes and shot just 56 percent at the rim, per Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress. And as we know, the arc gets deeper and the trees get taller in the pros. Wiggins is probably going to shoot in the low 30s (percentage) from downtown and have trouble finishing through contact around the basket.

These are obviously things he can improve over time, but at 19 years old they’re weaknesses that are more likely to affect Wiggins right away.

On the other hand, Parker has 35 pounds on Wiggins, which should lead to more points in the paint and after contact down low. 

Parker’s field-goal percentage is going to dip from his college numbers, but it should end up higher than Wiggins’, as will his rebounding average. Parker pulled in 8.2 boards a game in Vegas after leading the ACC

He’s a go-getter on the glass with the shoulders and strength to hold his own physically. 

Unfortunately for Wiggins, his terrific defensive tools aren’t going to make a big enough impact to move the needle. Though much more of a two-way player than Parker, it’s not going to show up in the box scores or the standings.

While we’re at it, I figured we’d make some predictions with regard to each rookie’s projected stat line:

“There’s been a lot of second-pick busts,” Parker told Brett Pollakoff of ProBasketballTalk. “I’m just trying not to be that bust. Every day that I step on the court, I just remind myself that I have a long ways to go. If I want to be one of those guys in the first tier of the NBA, like a LeBron, like a Kobe, like a [Blake Griffin], then I have to have that mentality starting off from the ground, and work my way up.” 

I’d still take Wiggins long term, but something tells me we won’t quite be referring to Parker as a letdown. 

And in terms of preparation for his rookie year, Parker has everything working with him—the NBA body, the refined skills and a tremendous opportunity in Milwaukee with nobody in his way. Wiggins should have himself a fine rookie season, but Parker’s more all-around game and stat-friendly strengths will shine a bit brighter next year in a featured role for the Bucks.

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Fellow rookies pick Jabari Parker to win ROY

The vote wasn’t even close.



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Polished F Parker gets rousing welcome with Bucks (Yahoo Sports)

Throw away the Chicago Bulls gear, Jabari Parker. The new face of the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks received a hero’s welcome Friday, one day after being selected with the second overall pick in the NBA draft. ”Jabari Parker welcomed the idea to be a Milwaukee Buck,” general John Hammond said at a news conference at a downtown public market. Dressed sharply in a sleek gray suit in his first appearance in Milwaukee, Parker lived up to his reputation of having professional off-court demeanor.

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Bucks bank on Parker with 2nd pick in NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Jabari Parker will be more than just a potential go-to player in the post for the Milwaukee Bucks. New ownership in Milwaukee hopes to construct a championship contender within five years. Conversely, the 19-year-old Parker wanted to play for the Bucks, barely 90 minutes from his hometown of Chicago.

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Wiggins, Parker and more LeBron on NBA draft eve (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK - JUNE 25: NBA Draft Prospect Jabari Parker, speaks to the media during media availability as part of the 2014 NBA Draft on June 25, 2014 at the Westin Times Square in New York City. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren’t NBA players yet and they are already learning their first lesson. This is LeBron James’ league and they will just be playing in it. A night before they could be the first two selections in what appears to be a deep NBA draft, Wiggins, Parker and the rest of the class of 2014 were sharing the spotlight with James, whose decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent Tuesday still had the league shaking a day later. Carmelo Anthony has the same plan as James, and right now they are a 1-2 that Wiggins and Parker can’t match.

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The No. 1 debate: Wiggins or Parker?

Jabari Parker seems likely to slip behind Andrew Wiggins in Thursday’s 2014 NBA draft.



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Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker at No. 1

Ever since presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid went down with a foot injury, speculation has run wild as to what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Most reports have said the team had narrowed its focus to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker. Well, we may now have our answer as to who Cleveland is leaning towards. On Tuesday a report surfaced that claimed the Cavs are currently set to take Parker with the top pick despite his unimpressive workout with them on Friday. They apparently view Parker as less of a risk than Wiggins, and feel he can contribute right away. They think Wiggins has the higher upside of the two (a pretty universally held belief) but with him the risk is pretty significant. The report also suggests that the Cavs have some interest in a proposed trade from the Orlando Magic that would send Arron Afflalo and picks No. 4 and No. 12 in this year’s draft to Cleveland in exchange for the No. 1 pick. A…

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