Smush Parker allegedly punches a high schooler in the face

Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker.

Perhaps for good reason.

Parker, a former Laker, allegedly punched a 16-year-old in the jaw during a pickup basketball game, according to the New York Post. 

Wolfgang Novogratz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore point guard at Brooklyn’s Poly Prep, allegedly had to be taken to the hospital after the incident. 

“Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush,” a source told the Post. “At the other end, Smush went up for a shot. There was a hard foul, and they both went down. Smush got up and punched Wolfie in the face.”

Novogratz is the son of HGTV personalities Robert and Cortney Novogratz. He reportedly has basketball scholarship offers from Northwestern, Rutgers and Villanova.

Smush will surely now be added to a few other people's (and perhaps some colleges') punk list.

He already tops Bryant's.

Here's what the Lakers superstar had to say about his former teammate before an exhibition in 2012.

"Smush Parker was the worst," Bryant said. "He shouldn't have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on."


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