Silent Treatment: When Teammates Don’t Speak

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  • Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Stephon Marbury, Kevin Garnett, Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets
  • Kobe Bryant, Smush Parker, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens
  • Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito, Miami Dolphins
  • Brent Barry, Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, Eva Longoria
  • Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton, Washington Wizards
  • Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Oakland Athletics
  • Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, San Francisco Giants
  • Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Kobe Bryant and Smush Parker

As a guest on ESPN’s Highly Questionable show last month, former Los Angeles Lakers guard Smush Parker revealed that he tried to engage Kobe Bryant one day at practice only to have a rude awakening. "He told me one day at practice — I tried to talk to him outside of basketball about football,” Parker recalled. And he looked at me in practice and was dead serious and said, 'You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.’” Current Laker Nick Young got bit by the “Black Mamba,” too, as Bryant reportedly told him, "I don't talk to players on teams that are 20 games under .500,” referring to Young playing on a losing Lakers team. Now, while Young may have the upbeat personality to shrug this off, Parker clearly didn’t. We think he’s OK never hearing from Bryant again.

(Photos from Left: Ezra Shaw/Getty Image, Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

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