revgen wrote:^Luke wasn't a mental midget like Kwame and Smush. His body just wasn't NBA caliber and his talent was lackluster outside of his passing skills. Kobe particularly hates guys who are mental midgets. If you work hard and try your very best, but just don't have the talent or skill to measure up, he's not the kind of person to hate on you.
That's how Fish got Kobe's respect: because he too worked his butt off to max what he had. Which explains why Kobe has so much man love for Fish even though Fish can't play anymore.
Walton worked his butt off and was an extremely heady player, an excellent glue guy in the triangle. Granted, his body wasn't NBA-ready, it was brittle like his dad's.
Mihm was actually OK, a serviceable center averaging 10 and 6 as the starter until his ankle broke apart in March, 2006 and the Lakers definitely missed him against Phoenix in the playoffs. He missed the entire 2006-07 season, then played just 41 more games during the following two seasons. Even now, he's just 33, a year younger than Kobe. So it's very plausible that he'd still be collecting paychecks as a backup center somewhere if it hadn't been for that ankle.
Parker averaged 11 and 3 during his stint with the Lakers so the NBA-level athleticism and talent were there. But oh that 'tude... 'nuff said.
K. Brown was a superb defensive center ... because he didn't have to rely on his hands, I mean his stone hands, at that end of the floor. Which is why he's still collecting paychecks.
T. Brown. Good bye.
Atkins. Serviceable but never more than backup quality
Samaki Walker. Didn't Kobe punch him on the bus once?
Slava. Had some talent, but very lazy with poor concentration.
Cook. Can't believe he still finds work around the league.
Morrison. The knee injury killed whatever chance he had.
Madsen. Lovable guy. But what was he doing on any NBA rosters?
Gump. The big massive ripoff. That one good year suckered us all.
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