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Ever wondered what's Chinese for "Smush?"

Well, the world may soon learn, since Smush Parker has bolted the states (and his NBDL Rio Grande Valley Vipers) for a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association.  The team now employing William Henry is believed to be the Guangdong. In related news, Yao Ming is not losing sleep over threatened status as the country's most popular player.  But at least if Smush isn't communicating with this particular set of teammates, a language barrier can theoretically be cited as an excuse.

It's also interesting to hear perspective from the Viper play-by-play man Alex Del Barrio about Parker's time with the squad.

Its no secret that Smush didn't really gel with this Viper squad. He was lackadaisical with the ball, (leading the league in turnovers) had spurts where he didn't get his team mates involved, rarely passed the ball into the low post, and took horrible shots. Some games he was great but to sum it up the only thing he was ever consistent in, was being inconsistent. His NBA shot may not have passed him by, he is still a great athlete, but for this season Smush has to focus on why he is struggling and fix that. He will have a chance to do that in China now.

The parts about inconsistency and needing to take an honest look at the causes for struggle have a certain "deja vu all over again" feeling.  All jokes about the guy aside, it is kinda sad to see a guy rob himself of an NBA opportunity because of a continual failure to "get it." 

AK 

 
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Taliq,

"I see 8 titles in mamba's career ..."

Love your optimism....Hope he gets #4 this year.

Quite right AK..quite right....failure to get it on an unprecedented level.

I don't know the mandarin for 'Smush' but I can tell you that 'boo hau' means bad and 'zoi shah' means sit down...

Bye Smush

China? this is perfect for Smush, he won't have to talk to anybody...

Anybody want a new SUV? Go to the 4th floor of the parking structure at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, there's about 300-400 of'em parked there. So glad they're using TARP money to run all these commercials during the football games...

Smush certainly threw away a great living in the NBA, not to mention his lifelong dream. I can remember a game vs. New Jersey where Kobe threw him about a 30 foot alley oop that Smush converted with a backwards two hand dunk. An absolutely sensational play. One that showed just how much ability he had. Shame is he never matched that ability with some basic common sense and humility. See ya, Smush. Good luck.

One other thought...I think he would have been better off being called Bill Parker, or Billy or Will. Anything but Smush.

Don't let Smush anywhere near Phil Jackson, or he'll put him back in the starting lineup. China sounds good, Siberia even better.

Actually, I've never wondered what's Chinese for "Smush", but somehow I feel better knowing that he's on another continent.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

Sal,

It's okay, just call me mookie and see the trash can come through that pizerria hehe.

See the scrubs Kobe had to play with back in 05-06??

At the very least Lebron had a decent Larry Hughes who is a much better option at scoring/defending than Smush ever was.

And people say KB's squad was talented than Lebrons lol. (Before Pau's coming).

Even Michael Jordan had a decent Sam Vincent.

Larry Bird>Lebron James.

(He's a hateable Celtic but he was one of the best players).

-blitz

On smush ... umm like we care ...

Eric M ... yup yup ... just showing my faith in kobe's abilities to lead us to the promised land ... lol

AK,
"All jokes about the guy aside, it is kinda sad to see a guy rob himself of an NBA opportunity because of a continual failure to "get it." "

I used to feel that way about pro athletes who blew their opportunities, but then I realized that that gives someone else, who probably wants it more, a chance.

smush in chinese is "YA BIAN"

pronounced just as it is romanized.

exhelo - "I used to feel that way about pro athletes who blew their opportunities, but then I realized that that gives someone else, who probably wants it more, a chance."

man, that says it all. excellent.

Not that anyone's REALLY curious... but sushi in Chinese is 'shou si'. Now you know.

I've never seen a NBA player self destruct quite like this before....

It's sad. And a waste....

anyone know where I can pick up a used Smushcalade, cheap?

Alex, you hit the nail on the head regarding Smush Parker. The Lakers experienced similar issues, lazy, inconsistent, turnovers, bad shots etc. In my opinion, he has no drive, ambition and or passion for the game. Combine that with a lack of personality explains why he gets bumped from every team he has played. Mark my words, this will be the last you hear of Smush Parker in the NBA, his days in professional basketball are over.


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