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Top 5 Worst Los Angeles Lakers Teammates Of Kobe Bryant’s Career

Who Are The Five Worst Teammates of Kobe Bryant's Career?

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In honor of Kobe Bryant’s 36th birthday today, I'm looking back at some of the greatest, most polarizing, and memorable moments during his 18-year career. With half of his life spent in the NBA, Kobe has provided a legacy which will be debated long after he retires, similar to that of his greatest comparison, Michael Jordan. Without further ado, here are Bryant's five worst teammates that he's played with in his career.

5. Brian Grant: Los Angeles Lakers 2004-2005

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5. Brian Grant: Los Angeles Lakers 2004-2005

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Brian Grant was traded to the Lakers as part of the deal that sent Shaq to the Miami Heat. Grant was one of the most productive forwards in the league but by the time the Lakers acquired him, his best years were behind him. Grant's play deteriorated to the point that he wasn't even an effective role player anymore, despite still being owed over million. He was waived by the team using an amnesty provision after just one season with the team.

4. Samaki Walker: Los Angeles Lakers 2001-2003

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4. Samaki Walker: Los Angeles Lakers 2001-2003

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In 2001, the Lakers were coming off back-to-back titles, and acquired Samaki Walker to take some of the burden off of Shaquille O’Neal. After starting for most of the season, Walker’s production dropped off, and even though the Lakers won their third straight championship, his contributions were minimal. Fed up with his poor play, Kobe Bryant struck Walker in a physical altercation during practice in 2003. Walker rarely played for the team again.

3. Smush Parker: Los Angeles Lakers 2005-2007

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3. Smush Parker: Los Angeles Lakers 2005-2007

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Smush Parker joined the Lakers in 2005, immediately winning fans over with his energy and offensive abilities. By Year 2, Parker’s ego didn’t match his level of play, making him a detriment to the team. By the end of the season, Jordan Farmar was starting over him, and his time with the Lakers was over. Years later, Parker and Bryant continue to trade jabs, with his short NBA career resonating louder than anything else he could ever say.

2. Kwame Brown: Los Angeles Lakers 2005-2008

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2. Kwame Brown: Los Angeles Lakers 2005-2008

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Infamous would be a good way to start describing Kwame Brown’s time with the Lakers. As a 2001 first overall pick, Brown never developed the skill-set or knowledge to make an impact at the NBA level. Brown's inefficiencies and lack of production rendered him as an ineffective member of the Lakers. Bryant was fed up with Brown, and by 2008 he was gone. Brown’s lasting legacy with the Lakers was his inclusion in the trade to land Pau Gasol.

1. Dwight Howard: Los Angeles Lakers 2012-2013

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1. Dwight Howard: Los Angeles Lakers 2012-2013

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This shouldn't be a surprise. From a talent standpoint, Dwight Howard is a phenomenal athlete and defensive presence. His mental fortitude and overall way he carries himself rubbed Bryant the wrong way, especially when it came to who served as the team’s leader. Howard walked into training camp expecting to be the king, not comprehending that the throne would have to be earned. The two colossal stars butted heads and Howard left after one season.

Zach Fetaru is a Los Angeles Lakers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @fanforlife1988 ”like him” on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.