This week is the worst talent he's been around. Kobe is specifically referring to those years when most basketball fans had written him off. The 2005-06 season was especially hard for Bryant and he had probably the worst starting lineup in franchise history.
There was Smush Parker at point guard, Bryant at shooting guard with Lamar Adam as Small Forward. Brian Cook and Kwame Brown played in the low post. Compare that to the current starting lineup of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. This is exactly what Bryant did and Lakers fans have a mixed reaction about this.
I suppose Bryant should be taking the high road. Still, he was only reminiscing aloud about the past and how far he has come from those days when a playoff victory was such a treasure. As for stating that Smush Parker should not have played in the NBA, I thought that was unfair. I guess the Black Mamba wants to get back at Parker who has been a critic of his for years.
Nonetheless, I thought Kobe would be happier with a season in which he had a career best 35.4 points per game that included his amazing 81 point game. At the same time, this is the man who had once said that a season in which he doesn't win a championship is a wasted year of his life. Even his wife remarked on how grumpy Bryant can get when he doesn't win the NBA title.
It will make it easier for him to add that elusive sixth ring this year with Steve Nash running the point and Howard grabbing those all important boards.